The importance of accent in England. For several years, the pronunciation “posh” (snob) seems to be the most appropriate way of speaking in British high society, largely inspired by that impeccable and very aristocratic way of speaking which Elizabeth II has the secret. But now, there is now a downside in his family. And that’s none other than the accent of 7-year-old Prince George. A crime of lese majesty?
In a video unveiled by Kensington Palace, the little prince asked naturalist David Attenborough a question, which somewhat surprised fans of the monarchy. And this not for the question itself, which was about the extinction of animals, but for its slight accent of Essex, “associated with the small middle class”, reports Le Point. A video in which “Prince George spoke in a guttural, indolent, imprecise manner, typical of the county of Essex. Located to the east of the capital, this very conservative suburb is perceived by the capital’s high society as the kingdom of ‘rednecks’ “, reports the journalist.
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Will Prince George have to lose his accent?
A detail that seems to have shocked more than one across the Channel, where some already criticize little Prince George for having adopted an accent “of urban South England, and not of the countryside where the gentry lives”. “His voice is not high pitched like that of the nobility to which he belongs. His father William and his uncle Harry don’t speak stiltedly, yes, but they don’t have an accent. future, because of the private school he will attend and his circle of friends, he should fit the mold, “says Jane Setter, professor of phonetics at the University of Reading. And this especially because in Great Britain, the accent is a real social marker … and seems to be all the more important when one belongs to the royal family. Did you say shocking?
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