Alright Mate? Why Do We Change Our Accent When Talking to Manual Workers and Tradesmen?

We all talk differently depending on where we find ourselves and who we’re talking to. But why do we code-switch? Read on to find out. “Alright mate. Yeah, cheers for fixin’ the sink. Fancy a cuppa?” said my public school educated brother to the plumber one day after he’d helped us out with a leakyContinue reading “Alright Mate? Why Do We Change Our Accent When Talking to Manual Workers and Tradesmen?”

A Spot of G-dropping, My Lord? British Attitudes to Accent and Class

The legendary linguist David Crystal in his book “A Little Book of Language”, estimates that only 5% of the population of the United Kingdom speak English with an RP accent. RP or ‘Received Pronunciation’ has traditionally been spoken by those in the upper echelons of society- doctors, bankers, lawyers and so on, as well asContinue reading “A Spot of G-dropping, My Lord? British Attitudes to Accent and Class”