Ben Crystal & David Crystal: You Say Potato - The Story of English Accent

Some people say scohn, while others say schown.He says bath, while she says bahth.You say potayto. I say potahto.
ISBN: 9781447255468
Author: Ben Crystal; David Crystal
Page: 247
Binding: Soft cover
Publication date: 2015
Format: Book
Publisher: PAN BOOKS
Language: English

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Some people say scohn, while others say schown.

He says bath, while she says bahth.

You say potayto. I say potahto

And-

-wait a second, no one says potahto. No one's ever said potahto.

Have they?

From reconstructing Shakespeare's accent to the rise and fall of Received Pronunciation, actor Ben Crystal and his linguist father David travel the world in search of the stories of spoken English.

Everyone has an accent, though many of us think we don't. We all have our likes and dislikesabout the way other people speak, and everyone has something to say about 'correct' pronunciation. But how did all these accents come about, and why do people feel so strongly about them? Are regional accents dying out as English becomes a global language? And most importantly of all: what went wrong in Birmingham?

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