Do you have an accent? Have you ever tried to change your accent?
If you’re interested in finding out more about your accent and what it might say about you, listen to this interview with dialect coach Annik Foreman, PhD. Your accent is an important part of your image as a communicator.
The entire podcast runs 34 minutes.
Here are the show notes:
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00:01 Intro and welcome; my original Trafcom News blog post about accents
02:13 About today’s guest, dialect Coach Annik Foreman
05:00 The interview, in which Annik and I discuss:
How you can change your accent
How some people strongly identify with their country, which plays a role in keeping their accent when they relocate
Social linguistics, or the social meaning of language
Why it’s perfectly normal to speak differently in different situations
The issue of accent and class
Why Annik believes that everyone speaks with a dialect
28:00 Where to send comments: email to firstname.lastname@example.org, call the comment line at 206-338-4200 or post a message to the Trafcom News Podcast blog
28:45 Comment from Victoria Fenner
30:28 Comment from Christopher S. Penn
31:54 Comment from Paull Young
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Theme music is “Beneath Your Surface” by the Elisabeth Lohninger Quartet from the Podsafe Music Network