One Language, Many Voices

My voice sometimes reflects the accent of the person I'm speaking to

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:00:29

  • Shelf mark

    C1442/3066

  • Recording date

    2011-02-17

  • Is part of (Collection)

    Evolving English VoiceBank

  • Recording locations

    Evolving English exhibition, Paccar Gallery, British Library, London

  • Speakers

    female

  • Abstract

    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.

  • Description

    Self-defined linguistic identity: born in Tredegar, Monmouthshire; lived in Manchester aged 8 to 19; then lived in Israel for 10 years; now living in London since 1966; has worked in audio-transcribing and transcribed speeches by people from different parts of the world

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