ERIC Number: ED426604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Why Do Some People Have an Accent?
Birner, Betty, Ed.
This brochure explains in lay terms what an accent is and how it occurs, focusing on how learners of English-as-a-Second-language come to have what is perceived as an accent. It begins with an explanation of two kinds of accent: that of a non-native speaker and that of a speaker from a particular region in which a language is spoken. The second section examines why foreign speakers have difficulty pronouncing certain sounds in a new language, with examples offered from a variety of native languages. In the third section, the reasons that some sounds appear harder to pronounce than others are discussed. A final section looks at which languages are most difficult to learn, and why. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Linguistic Society of America, Washington, DC.