One Language, Many Voices
I regret losing my childhood accent
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Evolving English VoiceBank
Evolving English exhibition, Paccar Gallery, British Library, London
b. 1955, male
One Language, Many Voices is a collection of recordings of people describing their own accent, contributed by visitors to the British Library’s Evolving English exhibition in 2010/11 who were asked to say where they thought their accent came from. Contributions to One Language, Many Voices include descriptions of accents influenced by geography, education, friends, family, occupation, social class and the media, creating a snapshot of how people themselves define the way that they speak English at the start of the 21st century.
Self-defined linguistic identity: born on Wirral; Wirral accent as child then spent nearly 40 years in Manchester and lost childhood accent; still occasional examples of 'pure Wirral' and not picked up Manchester accent