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(Slate)   Why British singers sound American. Is it something related to why people don't stutter when they sing?   (slate.com) divider line 23
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2012-11-21 03:40:05 AM  
3 votes:
The British and Aussies are faking their accents. When others aren't within earshot they talk just like the rest of the world.
2012-11-21 01:54:32 AM  
3 votes:
news.twentyfourbit.com

Not able to be understood in any accent.
2012-11-20 10:58:52 PM  
3 votes:
Because they don't want to sound like foppish twits for once?
2012-11-21 03:34:22 AM  
2 votes:
2012-11-22 03:18:29 AM  
1 votes:

cyberspacedout: From what I've read, the use of a non-linking -er at the end of a word might be blamed in part on 19th century Oxford students: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_-er


There's a lot of theory on it, but I think it's just that during the British shift away from the use of the rhotic, people started applying the "-er sounds like /ə/ unless followed by a vowel" rule in reverse. So any word that ended in /ə/, -er or not, was assumed to need an intrusive /ɹ/ if it was followed by a vowel. That's why a Brit will say "I like Barack Obamah", but will also say "Barack Obamer asked me out for suppah." 

Oh... and what do you know? Wikipedier agrees.
2012-11-21 03:11:45 PM  
1 votes:
because Englishmen are a bunch of pompous, stuck-up, snot-nosed, giant, twerp, scumbag, dickhead, assholes.

/ just thank us for saving you from being the smallest province in the Russian empire.
2012-11-21 02:59:45 PM  
1 votes:
FTFA: For the newest James Bond movie, Skyfall, English singer Adele recorded a song with the same name. Though Adele speaks with a strong London accent, her singing voice sounds more American than British. Why do British vocalists often sound American when they sing?

Let the skyfoe
When it crumboes
We wiwl stand toll
Face it oll togevah

Let the skyfoe
When it crumboes
We wiwl stand toll
Face it oll togevah
At skyfoe
At skyfoe

/She sounds pretty British to me.
2012-11-21 09:37:17 AM  
1 votes:

Mikey1969: fusillade762: Even when singers aren't trying to imitate a particular vocal style associated with a genre, regional dialects tend to get lost in song

This was always my theory.


CavalierEternal: [www.chartattack.com image 425x288]

Your argument is invalid.

Came for Blur. Leaving satisfied.

See also:

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That first one isn't Nena, is it? If it is, I don't think this argument counts when singing in a completely different language, at least in my opinion. Either way, I agree that dialects get lost. One of my examples was Ozzy taking vs. Ozzy singing, all the way back to the beginning.


I find Ozzy more understandable when he sings. If he is talking you need subtitles
2012-11-21 08:53:56 AM  
1 votes:

Dahnkster: Mel Tillis never stuttered when he sang...


If I had a dollar for every time an old person told me that, I might be able to afford speech therapy.
2012-11-21 06:54:28 AM  
1 votes:
British hip hop shows tha author doesn't have much of a clue

Dizzee Rascal Link
Lethal Bizzle Link

/And for fun Mr B the Gentleman Rhymer Link
2012-11-21 06:42:46 AM  
1 votes:

phrawgh: Huh. I always assumed Brits to be talentless, soulless, vacant hacks and that all their artists were American imports. Who knew?


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2012-11-21 05:35:38 AM  
1 votes:

JerkyMeat: Can we talk about the "black" sound for a minute?


OK: Do Black actors in the UK sounds black to (black, white, Asian) Brits, while US Blacks just sound American?

See also: reports that the world saw New Karate Kid as Americans being Americans, while US folks saw New Karate Kid as being black Americans differentiated from white (aka 'general') Americans?
2012-11-21 05:22:54 AM  
1 votes:
Liam Gallagher frowns on your shenanigans.
2012-11-21 05:05:42 AM  
1 votes:

Wittenberg Dropout: Subby has never listened to Bowie or the Jam.


Subby doesn't know what the fark he's talking about. He just noticed a couple of people do it and extrapolated.
2012-11-21 04:51:21 AM  
1 votes:

You are Borg: ClintonKun: NicoFinn: "...as did Paul McCartney in his cover of "Till There Was You," pronouncing saw more like sawr."

Umm, I think that's actually part of some British dialects, isn't it? Correct me if I'm wrong, but I hear this a lot in spoken British English. I don't think Paul was trying to sound American, necessarily. More like he let his own accent slip out.

Also, British persons have this odd habit of putting an er on the end of words that end with a. Like "Americer" or "Obamer". Not sure if it's a recent development or not, and even though I tend to like British accents, that little quirk can get annoying.

I hear it on the radio all the time when they mention Canader and Chiner, always found it very odd.


What do you call a blind dinosaur?
2012-11-21 04:50:27 AM  
1 votes:
So if Rob Thomas worked at sounding British, would he sound normal?
/worrrrst everrrr.
2012-11-21 04:43:57 AM  
1 votes:

Poe: I remember seeing an interview with Tom Jones a few years back, couldn't understand half of what he was saying. Not being from that generation, I had no idea he was Welsh, cause when singing he is perfectly comprehensible.


He was drunk.
2012-11-21 04:43:56 AM  
1 votes:

phrawgh: Huh. I always assumed Brits to be talentless, soulless, vacant hacks and that all their artists were American imports. Who knew?


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Poe
2012-11-21 04:40:17 AM  
1 votes:
I remember seeing an interview with Tom Jones a few years back, couldn't understand half of what he was saying. Not being from that generation, I had no idea he was Welsh, cause when singing he is perfectly comprehensible.
2012-11-21 04:15:31 AM  
1 votes:
...I suck for not hyperlinking those
/hangs head in web developer shame
2012-11-21 03:56:30 AM  
1 votes:
Can we talk about the "black" sound for a minute?
2012-11-21 03:45:56 AM  
1 votes:
Herman's Hermits always sang with a British accent. So we sang their songs as such and liked it that way.
/'enry the Vlll th
//Mrs. Brown you've gawt a lohvely daughtah....
2012-11-21 03:29:19 AM  
1 votes:
Dana Carvey talked about this years ago.

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