Estuary English


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Estuary English

n.
An accent used by many speakers of various social classes in southeastern England, characterized by a mixture of features drawn from middle-class and working-class speech.

[After the estuary of the Thames.]

estuary English

n
(Phonetics & Phonology) a variety of standard British English in which the pronunciation reflects various features characteristic of London and the Southeast of England
[C20: from the area around the Thames estuary where it originated]
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While I feel that the chapter contains too many Trudgill quotes and a somewhat unnecessary discussion of Estuary English, it has the potential to be of benefit to student audiences.
Fluent in nasal Estuary English, Tombstone-teeth Boy drawled: "Ah fought ah'd mike a cheesecark.
He is polite but to the point and his estuary English and few words - not to mention the ink etched on his arms - reminds me of another famous sporting David.
It is Estuary English the model which is spreading amongst younger population and may become the future standard, as the present author believes.
Any of them would gratefully grab the benefits that Festival Edinburgh enjoys and suck up the minor annoyance of grease-painted leafleters on every street corner and braying Estuary English accents in every pub.
Broadcasters are now accepting neutralised or pasteurised versions of accents, as well as Estuary English which is Received Pronunciation with the posh edges rubbed off.
George isn't the first to try to de-poshify his accent by making it a bit more estuary English, he won't be the last.
You should be able to just forget that the actor has a different voice in real life - like when Scottish David Tennant is speaking flawless Estuary English in Doctor Who.
ITV Wales is at death's door, a mere token presence, BBC Wales needed major surgery on its operations, S4C's in intensive care with its enemies gagging to pull the pipes out, and local radio has been reduced to a diet of Estuary English pap for chavs.
Experts have identified eight to 10 of these likely to predominate within the next 40 years-they include estuary English, the burr of the southwest and separate accents in the West Midlands, Yorkshire and north and south Wales.
The situation was very different in the English corpus, where 56% featured RP followed by Standard American 20%, Estuary English 16%, and others 6%.
Scots came top, receiving almost a fifth of votes, followed by Estuary English - spoken in the Thames area - Irish, Geordie, and Welsh accents.

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