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Your Voice Speaks Volumes: what accent change in English can tell us about England


Why do we speak the way we do, and why do accent differences in British English fascinate some people and infuriate others? Take a trip across time to discover the origins of different accents of English in England, recent changes in the way we speak, and how language and attitudes to it are a reflection of so many other discipline areas, including history, geography, sociology, politics and economics.

Jane Setter is Professor of Phonetics in the Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics and a National Teaching Fellow. Probably best known for her popular science book, Your Voice Speaks Volumes: it’s not what you say, but how you say it (OUP, 2019) and the Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary (CUP, 2011), Jane is a sought-after commentator in the media on topics such as UK accents, pronunciation and English as a global language. Her research interests are in speech prosody (rhythm, intonation), mainly looking at children with speech and language deficits and features of South East Asian Englishes.

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11 November 2020






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