What is our accent?

Accents.

Everyone has one, and they’re all slightly different. We change them constantly, sometimes consciously but often not. They’re part of how we identify with each other and how we show other people who we want to be identified with.

I change mine all the time, I remember my mum doing it when she answered the phone when I was little, my wife does it when she talks with her mum and Gran. I have a “teaching voice” that I use when lecturing, so that when people don’t understand what I’m talking about at least I know it wasn’t my accent that got in the way.

So what is my accent? What is your accent? And are importantly, what is our accent?

That’s what I’m hoping to find out. Accents have as much to do with listening as they do with speaking, which is why I want this project to start with lots of workshops where we listen to our accents and the stories that they tell.

 

A woman goes to the dentist and settles down in the chair.

“Comfy?” asks the dentist.

“Govan,” she replies.

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