As used by actors, the Mid-Atlantic accent is also known by various other names, including American Theatre Standard or American stage speech.
While actors in theatre are traditionally trained to have a Mid-Atlantic accent, actors in film are instead trained to have a General American accent. Dialect coach Robert Easton said the Mid-Atlantic accent was "too semi-British" and opted for General American.
There really isn't an upperclass or posh American accent. In the early part of the 20th century there was an accent called mid Atlantic which had pretensions as such, but that accent has died and only remains today in old movies.
Why did the Transatlantic accent end? The public stopped using the Transatlantic accent toward the end of World War II, when public schools began to phase it out. Still, actors who wanted to align their name with swankiness continued to use it.
The General American accent is rhotic, meaning that the letter 'r' is always pronounced where it's written, also known as a 'hard r'. This differs from the Standard British English accent, which is non-rhotic.
Though the accent was rooted in the dialect of a fantasy kingdom, Jolie based it on Eleanor Audley's, who created the voice for the original animated version in Sleeping Beauty.
The first is isolation; early colonists had only sporadic contact with the mother country. The second is exposure to other languages, and the colonists came into contact with Native American languages, mariners' Indian English pidgin and other settlers, who spoke Dutch, Swedish, French and Spanish.
In America the spread of industrialization shifted the power centers to the Midwest, which was largely settled by people of Scot-Irish heritage who still pronounced “r” as “r.” So, Received Pronunciation faded and General American became the standard.
Americans say Boston has the strongest accent in the country . . . and among the most attractive.
Anyone who has heard the Queen's speeches will recognise her distinctive British accent. This is RP – 'Received Pronunciation'.
In the case of the Shrek franchise, Shrek's Scottish accent was a much-needed addition to the film for character background, historical depth, and individuality.
The Canadian accent is most closely related to General American English with similar rules for pronunciation and accent. The main difference is how Canadians will speak some diphthongs (a sound formed by the combination of two vowels in a single syllable) higher than their American neighbors.
The “American English” we know and use today in an American accent first started out as an “England English” accent. According to a linguist at the Smithsonian, Americans began putting their own spin on English pronunciations just one generation after the colonists started arriving in the New World.
Early European settlers to Australia — many of whom were convicts — were from all over Great Britain and Ireland, and their speech patterns blended to form the new Australian accent.
The General Australian accent serves as the standard variety of English across the country. According to linguists, it emerged during the 19th century.
He developed an idiosyncratic accent because, as a child, he thought having a Canadian accent did not sound "tough". He began to model his accent on that of Marlon Brando.
Julia Roberts was born Oct. 28, 1967, in Smyrna, Ga. One of her best-known early roles put her Southern accent to good use portraying Shelby Eatenton Latcherie in "Steel Magnolias." She was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for the role.
Despite being born and raised in California, Tom Hanks has a knack for dialects from the Deep South.
Accordingly, we asked people what the most and least pleasant accent to listen to is. Overwhelmingly, people like the Southern accent best, followed by British and Australian accents. Southern accents tend to be thought of as friendly and welcoming, while British and Australian accents are more exotic.
Geordie. People from Newcastle speak a dialect called Geordie, which is one of the strongest and most distinctive accents in England.