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Dialects, and accents

I am sure that there are people from different counties, and countries on this site, with regional accents and brogues. Is it still regarded as "de rigueur "not to speak the Queen's english or, as a news reader ? Do dialects put people into a lower category of person, and, in some cases, side tracked for a person who speaks "properly " with regards to being employed. I am Yorkshire, but do not have a full blown regional accent, which non Yorkshire people do not recognise, but is picked up immediately by the ones that belong , and am usually asked ",are you from Yorkshire?" and my response is always "Of course I am ".

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18th Nov 2018 11:02:12
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Being very old ( honest !) I can remember vividly those dreadful "B" movies they used to churn out in vast numbers and flood The immediate post war cinema as a pad to the latest big hit . The BBC for all its current faults has gone a long way in using presenters with good " regional " accents . Long may it continue . Language is part of heritage and should be preserved . Colloquialisms are part and parcel of every day life and require normal inclusion in dialogue . I watched a somewhat painful performance by a member of the Commons recently when he claimed to be unable to understand the verbal submission of a colleague who did not hail from the " deep south " !
7th Nov 2016 09:36:20 (Last activity: 7th Nov 2016 13:16:26)
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Being a little light hearted -----
Does a gull from The Shetland Isles understand a gull from the Isles of Scilly ?
Response from Ariadne Original Poster made on 7th Nov 2016 09:39:00
Well Archie ...... are you on the right planet ?????
Response from ArchieUK made on 7th Nov 2016 13:16:26
I think like the gull, it went right over somebody's head.
7th Nov 2016 11:17:24 (Last activity: 7th Nov 2016 11:57:52)
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I think it is less of a problem in modern society but I do believe it did depend on the regional accent and as I had one I have personal experience of people assuming you are of a 'lower' class and less educated as a result! Mind you I may have been..........
Response from jeanymay made on 7th Nov 2016 11:32:13
My feelings exactly Jean. My Yorkshire accent I believed came across as lower class, and my parents were indeed just normal working people, but doesn't mean we are stupid
Response from jeanmark made on 7th Nov 2016 11:46:57
Mine was a combination of Norfolk and Glaswegian, I never had a chance........
Response from jeanymay made on 7th Nov 2016 11:57:52
Strange how we don't like our own accents too.

Didn't help that my mum was Scottish and told me to speak properly...what ! I'm proud to have Scottish blood but come on the Scots are as guilty as anyone for their daft sayings and accents. My dad used to stick up for me and say "She's Yorkshire born & bred "

I love the Geordie accent I could listen to it for ever, and the Liverpool accent makes me laugh whatever they say.
7th Nov 2016 08:25:52 (Last activity: 7th Nov 2016 09:35:40)
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And why not ? be proud of who , and what you are,. I think its nice to hear regional accents, it defines where you are from.!
Response from Ariadne Original Poster made on 7th Nov 2016 09:35:40
well, T.T this chat seems to have gone down like the old proverbial,,,,,,, maybe people are
unwilling to admit,,, or expose where their accent points to ???
6th Nov 2016 20:34:58
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My job involved lots of talking over the telephone, and I was told by one of the bosses that as long as you can speak clearly and be understood then it poses no problem, and that in fact people do find the Yorkshire accent and people friendly, which could be a bonus.

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