Have you ever been ... to a poetry reading ... where the poets all speak ... in same slow cadence? Or have you ever been on a plane, ah, and your captain starts speaking in the, ah, same voice you've always heard captains use? Roger that, us too. How is it that certain jobs or roles get associated with certain cadences or tones of voice — and who were the first to do them?
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How Do Accents Work?
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An accent refers to the way a language is pronounced, whereas a dialect refers to that plus the grammatical rules used in speech. 00:21
When a group becomes distinct, through dress or food or other cultural markers, their accent also becomes distinct. 01:29
The perception of an accent being high- or low-status isn't inherent to the accent. 05:04
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