reply to post by Frankenchrist
My accent is hard to pin down. This is because of the heavy Welsh influence on my genetics, rather than having grown up around speakers of the Welsh
tongue. Basically, there is a particular shape to a welsh palate, which I have. However, I grew up in Essex. Now, I do not speak with a Welsh accent,
because as previously mentioned, I havent grown up around people who do. However, I grew up around the folk of Essex, and I do not have an Essex
Because my palate is shaped in such a way as to promote rich vowel sounds, and because unlike many of my fellow Essex residents, I actually believe
that the letter T actually exists, my accent sometimes comes across as somewhat upper crust, despite my appearance, and for that matter, that of my
bank account. I was once accused of being posh at a wedding, which made myself and my date snort imitation champagne out of our noses, me especially,
since unlike everyone else at the doo, I was the only person who had dressed themselves for less than three hundred quid. Hell, I was wearing military
style boots and combat trousers, as well as a jacket and tie!
I have been confused for Australian, South African, and a person from Surrey (county in England) all in the past year. However, those incidents are
some of the stranger examples. Most people instantly assume that I have had a university education upon first meeting me, which I can only assume is
because of my palate and my determination not to butcher the English language every time I speak, which is something that persons of my generation are
expected to do, something that my fellow metalheads are falsely accused off despite being fairly well spoken in my expirience, and something that
persons from Essex are widely publicised to do on a regular basis, entirely fairly it has to be said.
However, the question is somewhat bizzare. Everyone has AN accent. Every person, born on the planet who has the ability to speak and uses it, absorbs
certain traits from thier learning environment and the people around whom they spend the most time. Everyone. Therefore, if you take a person from one
place, and put them in another, wether they speak the same language or not, you will always find them tripping over differences in pronunciation
between one region and another. For instance, there are no native residents of Manchester, born and bred, who speak as if they were born in Essex.
There are no residents of Elgin in Scotland, who could easily be mistaken for Welsh persons, aside from by the most cloth eared waste of space on the
planet of course.
Interestingly, despite my Welsh palate, I have never been mistaken for a resident of that wonderful and gorgeous land.