Wed Sep 13, 2017 4:17 pm #1558534
skydriller wrote:OCB wrote:Interesting point - that "regional" accents aren't understood.
The corollary being that non-regional (hence London/sawf east accents) are in fact universally understood.
If you read what I actually wrote I said that my GF didnt understand that particular presenter, not all regional accents. I also said that ANY STRONG regional accent, be it London or Liverpool, had no place in mainstream country-wide broadcasting by the BBC. Despite the prevalence of US TV, many American accents are also apparently difficult to understand on TV too.
I did read what you wrote - understood perfectly - but was just being a tiny bit selective, it's what makes this place "fun"
I could get all snowflake and blurt on about your intended meaning about Regional accents - but, as said earlier - I've still not recovered from the early 80s and the unannounced abandoning of "BBC English"
I remember like it was yesterday when the main News At Six had news readers all of a sudden not talking BBC English
On an almost serious note though, I have known highly intelligent and educated professionals who've rarely ventured outside the M25 zone (within the UK) - and are completely convinced that "Landan" English is the only "correct" accent and pronunciation....in fact, everyone else who doesn't speak "Landan" English isn't speaking English at all ....