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English Proficiency Gives You an Edge

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February 26th, 2008 by admin

By Andrew Bleak

Speaking and speaking well are two different things, with the latter undoubtedly more important. The disparity between the two is narrower among people who use only their mother tongue and broader for those wanting to speak or use a language other than their lingua franca. This principle also applies to writing. Read the rest of this entry »

Foreign Accents – Problem in a Diverse Workplace?

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January 7th, 2008 by admin

By: Alia Curtis

Corporate success today requires a diverse body of talent to implement new ideas, views, and perspectives. The client base has become multicultural and the need for effective communication demands diversity. In the past White males made up more than 60% of the American workforce. A steady growth pattern created a shortage of qualified personnel resulting in today’s multinational workforce and an alteration of the image of the typical American worker. Read the rest of this entry »

What is an Accent?

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January 5th, 2008 by admin

Answer provided by Anthea Fraser Gupta (With input from other panelists), School of English, University of Leeds

An accent is a way of pronouncing a language. It is therefore impossible to speak without an accent. Read the rest of this entry »

American And British English – Differences In Vocabulary

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November 22nd, 2007 by admin

By: Manjusha Nambiar

American and British English are very similar. There are, however, a few differences of grammar, vocabulary and usage. The following guide is meant to point out the principal differences between American and British English. Read the rest of this entry »

Intonation: An Essential Element of the American English Accent

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November 13th, 2007 by admin

By:  Frank Gerace

Intonation in English.

Intonation, the “music” of a language, is perhaps the most important element of a correct accent. Many people think that  pronunciation is what makes up an accent. It may be that pronunciation is very important for an understandable accent. But it is intonation that gives the final touch that makes an accent correct or native. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Are the Accents a Particular Place Like They Are?

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November 9th, 2007 by admin

Answer provided by Anthea Fraser Gupta (With input from other panelists), School of English, University of Leeds
Separate development accounts for some accent variation. But sometimes we need to talk about the first generation of speakers of a particular language brought up in a new place. The first children to grow up in a new place are very important. The children who grow up together are a ‘peer group’. They want to speak the same as each other to express their group identity. The accent they develop as they go through their childhood will become the basis for the accents of the new place. So where does their accent come from? Read the rest of this entry »

Can I Change My Accent?

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November 1st, 2007 by admin

Can I change my accent?

Answer provided by Anthea Fraser Gupta (With input from other panelists), School of English, University of Leeds
Yes. Accents are not fixed. Our accents change over time as our needs change and as our sense of who we are changes and develops. Usually this happens naturally, and often unconsciously. Accents can be expected to change until we are in our early twenties. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Do Languages Develop Different Accents?

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October 30th, 2007 by admin

Why do languages develop different accents?

Answer provided by Anthea Fraser Gupta (With input from other panelists), School of English, University of Leeds
Human nature. In all sorts of ways, we behave like those we mix with. We are members of social groups, and within our social group we like to behave in similar ways and show that we belong. We do this in language as well as in other ways (e.g. what we wear, what we eat). Read the rest of this entry »




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