Science fiction used to sometimes suggest that, as broadcast took over, we would hear less and less distinction in accents. Today though, there is of course not just one "American accent" but several, and regional accents continue to thrive and spread. Why is that and what can we expect to sound like in the future?
American Sign Language isn't a translation of English. It's a language with its own grammar and idioms. Sign language speakers also have their own accents. Learn how this language, like every other, undergoes regionalization and shifts in tone.
Okay, this is just great. Siobhan Thompson takes you on an accent tour of the British Isles, and she's really quite good at it. Listen to the various inflections and flattened vowels of the many different regions of the UK, without ever getting out of your chair.
Apparently Blogtor Who got an advanced copy of a documentary that looks at the "wilderness years" of Doctor Who. The program shows the span of time between Who's cancellation and the lead up to its 2005 re-launch and contains some interesting details about the early planning stages and the attempt to sell Who overseas.
Newborn babies have local accents the moment they pop out. A study of 60 babies shows that different nationalities are born having differently accented cries.
Brave is coming out this weekend, so we can all spend our weekend with melifluous Scottish accents ringing in our ears. But where exactly do accents come from in the first place? How do we get them? What's the mechanism by which they evolve?
A recent study at the Delft University of Technology, in The Netherlands, determined that in some cases, some people would prefer that service robots are not talkative [see: The agreeableness of robotic vacuum cleaners].
Click to viewWere you shocked to realize Sarah Connor (Lena Headey) was secretly British? When you were mining through Battlestar Galactica DVD bonus features, did you start yelling at the screen when Lee Adama spoke with a British accent? It turns out American science fiction is crammed with aliens — British and…