This segment of MEDEA is a repository for all things connected to current research on accents and dialects – everything from articles on the neuroscience surrounding ‘Foreign Accent Syndrome’ to polls examining the most popular British dialects – all of which will help inform character study, enhance your dialect acquisition and give you further glimpses into the extraordinary world of the human voice.
Foreign Accent Syndrome
- About Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) http://www.utdallas.edu/research/FAS/about/
- ‘Foreign accent syndrome’ explained http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/2300395.stm
- Extract from ‘ My Strange Brain’ exploring Foreign Accent Syndrome http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=News+On+Foreign+Accent+Syndrome&Form=VQFRVP#view=detail&mid=05CEEF82CC9180DBDD0B05CEEF82CC9180DBDD0B
Latest research on British regional dialects
- Here is the latest research on the Glaswegian dialect – or as they say in these parts: here’s a wee article fae youse: “Scots accent ‘less eroded’ than English regional accents”
- “These are the most (and least) attractive accents in the British Isles” – http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/most-and-least-attractive-accents-6270249
- “Stop ya chattin’! Man Met Uni linguist on ‘accent loyalty’, dialect maps and stereotypes” – http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/070874031-stop-ya-chattin%E2%80%99-man-met-uni-linguist-accent-loyalty-dialect-maps-and-stereotypes
- “Is Cockney rhyming slang brown bread? Dialect dying out because under-25s don’t have a didgeridoo what the phrases mean” – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3200647/Is-Cockney-rhyming-slang-brown-bread-Dialect-dying-25s-don-t-didgeridoo-phrases-mean.html
- Another little moment of research that suggests regional dialects are being swallowed up by a generic ‘Southern’ sound- whatever that may be?! Not entirely convinced that this is the case: the students who contribute to MEDEA are rightly proud of their regional dialects and frequently use dialectical words specific to their native location celebrating their identity in their speech.
- Regional diversity in dialect words and pronunciations could be diminishing as much of England falls more in line with how English is spoken in London and the south-east, according to the first results from a free app developed by Cambridge researchers. http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/cambridge-app-maps-decline-in-regional-diversity-of-english-dialects