Okay, I'm fiendishly necro'ing and hijacking this thread.
What I would like to talk about is characterisation of accents
. (As opposed to Funetik Aksent
or using the appropriate vocabulary.)
I also think it would be nice to work on actual examples. I don't mind if a few cliches run into the description - that's what accents in literature are, most of the time, anyway (and thus are often used for comedy). It's a lighthearted topic, methinks.
So - how would Americans characterize a british
accent? To me, being European, it sounds vaguely upper-class, stiff, harsh, with short vowels and hard consonants; and also, filled with complicated, multisyllabic vocabulary nigh unintelligible to the lower class populace such as you and me.
Also, I have one character that is American - I would like to give him some special accent, but I don't know my way around in America, despite the all-too-familiar Texan accent perhaps. Currently it's Wisconsin (purely by chance really).
I'm thinking, how about a New York
accent. How would you characterize that?
edited 12th Mar '12 9:14:48 AM by vijeno