Write an Opinion Piece Article in Which You Discuss the Issues Surrounding People Changing Their Accents. [40]

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It seems unusual to start from scratch with such a thing. With there being several types of accents, why must one feel like they should change theirs? As Text B illustrates, it seems as though it is celebrities in particular that are changing their accents to fit in with ‘showbiz’ and the latest trends or for a movie they will play a part in. Within seconds of meeting someone, we make judgements about who they are just by the way they sound. Attitudes towards accents are based more on social connotations and prejudices surrounding the location or social group associated with that accent than on the sound itself.

The reason people may be obliged to change their accent is to feel like they fit in and not stand out, so that people from
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But why should one change their voice in order to be liked when we are all different individuals in the first place?

People may choose to change their accent to be part of a group and this is called convergence – when an individual adjusts his speech patterns to match people belonging to another group or social identity. Celebrities may do this to become more popular. On the other hand, others may change their accent completely – called divergence – this is when an individual adjusts their speech to be distinct from those of people belonging to another group. Giles showed that speakers tend to accommodate their accent to that of their interlocutor, aiming to become similar to the accent of somebody they like or want to impress. Therefore, most people will modify their accent when attending a job interview because they want to bring up a good impression.

Class is another thing that is associated with accent. The higher a person’s knowledge and occupational status, the more prestige their accent is to be. Bernstein suggested that a restricted code that working class would usually use, ‘restricted’ people into expressing themselves, limiting thinking skills. A low frequency of vernacular [in] pronunciation signals that the speaker belongs to a high social class and is speaking in a more formal way.

The research of Ryan assessed the attitudes people have

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