Making Fun of my Accent?


 Making fun of my accentWikipedia Excerpt #1

In sociolinguistics, an accent is a manner of pronunciation peculiar to a particular individual, location, or nation. An accent may identify the locality in which its speakers reside (a regional or geographical accent), the socio-economic status of its speakers, their ethnicity,  or social class (a social accent), or influence from their first language

 Questions

  • Would you like to have an accent like Eminem ? Nope
  • Would you like  to have a Canadian accent if you  have never  been to Canada? Nope , Not even possible
  • Would you like to sound like you are from Texas if you have never been to Texas? Nope , Not even possible
  • Would you like to get a social accent without mingling with that social group ? Nope , Not even possible
  • Would you like to have a good pronunciation , correct use of grammar and collocation? Yep

Wikipedia Excerpt #2

The most important factor in predicting the degree to which the accent will be noticeable (or strong) is the age at which the non-native language was learned

The critical period theory states that if learning takes place after the critical period (usually considered around puberty) for acquiring native-like pronunciation, an individual is unlikely to acquire a native-like accent

Most researchers agree that for adults, acquiring a native-like accent in a non-native language is near impossible.

There are also rare instances of individuals who are able to pass for native speakers even if they learned their non-native language in early adulthood

  • If I learned English on my thirties , would I be able to get a British accent? Not very likely
  • Do you still feel like getting an accent after reading the words Unlikely and nearly impossible? Nope

Wikipedia Excerpt #3

Getting an accent depends on factors other than age, such as length of residence, similarity of the non-native language to the native language and the frequency with which both languages are used

Question

  • Is  even possible to get a Canadian accent ,  a Texas accent or  a peculiar person accent without being to that country , location  or mingling  with that  social group? Not possible

Lenght of residence

  • Can you get a Canadian accent if you live in a Peruvian neighborhood? Not possible

SimilarIty of Non-native language

  • Do you see  a Japanese native speaker getting  a British or Canadian accent? Maybe , Maybe not ,  Those two languages  aren’t remotely close to each other

the frequency with which both languages are used

  • so you think you can get an accent by talking to students  who most of the time doesn’t have a clue of what you are saying? Nope .

New Englishes

This is video is something  I  recommend  when people ask me about the importance of getting an accent.


What should be the focus then?

Fluency is a speech language pathology term that means the smoothness or flow with which sounds, syllables, words and phrases are joined together when speaking quickly.

In the sense of proficiency, “fluency” encompasses a number of related but separable skills:

Reading: the ability to easily read and understand texts written in the language;

Writing: the ability to formulate written texts in the language;

Comprehension: the ability to follow and understand speech in the language;

Speaking: the ability to produce speech in the language and be understood by its speakers.

Reading Comprehension : the level of understanding of text/messages.

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