International Talk with a Fake British Accent Day

International Talk with a Fake British Accent Day is celebrated on December 17th of each year and was founded by Big Apple Brits, an expat community in New York City, in 2009.

Louise Gale and Derek Nisbet founded Big Apple Brits to bring their NYC British expat group online.  Big Apple Brits made their first online appearance in April 2009 and attracted 700 new members in its first six months.

Along with the virtual global events, Big Apple Brits has planned events in NYC to celebrate International Talk with a Fake British Accent Day.  Everyone is invited to adopt a fake accent for the event and may find themselves tested on the day by fiendish tongue twisters.

For more information, please check out Big Apple Brits, or Facebook event page.

3 thoughts on “International Talk with a Fake British Accent Day

  1. Leonhard Klaar

    The origin of accent

    When a child begins to speak, he/she sets its articulatory base on that of the people surrounding him/her. Different languages have different normal movements of the parts of articulatory base in the time of talking. For that reason the speech effect in the vocal tract is different. When the tissues there are still young and yield to speech actions, permanent changes take place on the pharynx wall. Behind the lower part of the tongue there is an activated surface created. A mechanical speech apparatus is formed in the vocal tract, which is serviceable until the death of the owner. After a certain critical period
    all new acquired languages are spoken with that instrument. As the native language has a limited number of sounds and their characteristics are only for that language, all the others are pronounced incorrectly.

    A person can have more than one talking instrument in his/her vocal tract – for instance, when a child is born in a bilingual family.

    For comparison: a person has a melody in his/her head and he/she can make it audible with the help of musical instruments, whereas each of them has its own “accent”. But the melody can be right with all instruments.

    Why phoneticians do not want to admit that they have no idea about the origin of accent?

    Leonhard Klaar


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