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Helen BS: Regional UK Accents (137* d) RE: BS: Regional UK Accents 29 Jul 21


In the late '80's I saw a wonderful TV series The Story of English

Episode list

"An English Speaking World: Discusses how English has become the most dominant language throughout the world.
The Mother Tongue: Discusses the early stages of the English language, including Old English and Middle English.
A Muse of Fire: Discusses the influence of William Shakespeare and the King James Bible on the English language as well as how Early Modern English took root in the American colonies and its influence on contemporary American English.
The Guid Scots Tongue: Discusses the Scottish influence on the English language.
Black on White: Discusses the influence of Blacks on the English language. (Includes interviews with Philadelphia hip hop legends The Scanner Boys, Parry P and Grand Tone.)
Pioneers, O Pioneers!: Discusses Canadian English and the various forms of American English.
The Muvver Tongue: Discusses Cockney dialect and Australian English.
The Loaded Weapon: Discusses the Irish influence on the English Language.
Next Year's Words: Discusses the future and new emerging forms of the English language."


It's one of the best documentary series I have seen. Very informative and enjoyable and it shows the way the English language has travelled around the world and evolved at home and abroad.

I'm happy that most of the UK TV shows have moved away from received pronunciation and there are more regional accents but it does make it difficult for an Aussie to understand what they are saying sometimes. Thank goodness for captions!

I also try to identify the regional accents after contestants introduce themselves and state where they are from on shows like Pointless and Tipping Point.


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