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2021-03-01 2:12:51 PM  
Gillian, that Thatcher thing you were doing.

What was that about?
Explain yourself.
 
2021-03-01 2:34:45 PM  
They better not watch any Tom Holland interviews.
 
2021-03-01 2:48:15 PM  
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"Because, unlike some other Prime Ministers and FBI Agents, I can speak with an English accent."
 
2021-03-01 3:15:10 PM  
And yet, as an American who saw her on Top Gear, I was surprised to hear her speaking in a British accent.

Isn't life weird?
 
2021-03-01 3:26:08 PM  

Jack Sabbath: And yet, as an American who saw her on Top Gear, I was surprised to hear her speaking in a British accent.

Isn't life weird?


She lived there as a child, I believe, and lives there now, so I could see how it would come and go. Seems a bit of an affectation though... Thatcher aside, her accent in Sex Education is pretty much flawless.
 
2021-03-01 3:57:06 PM  
Not very surprising that some people are bemused about this (to put it kindly).  Remember, there were people who should have known better who were stunned to hear Hugh Laurie speak in his native British accent.
 
2021-03-01 3:59:13 PM  
It was pretty fascinating to see Colin Farrell turn his Irish accent on and off when I was working on A Home at the End of the World. He'd shoot his scenes sounding like an American, then hang out with people between takes and just go to his default voice.
 
2021-03-01 4:12:17 PM  
Lauren Cohan's British/Jersey accents drift in and out from sentence to sentence during interviews - she said the slower she talks, the more British it becomes
 
2021-03-01 4:12:32 PM  
So these people are so young they've never seen any X Files?
 
2021-03-01 4:14:43 PM  

Jack Sabbath: And yet, as an American who saw her on Top Gear, I was surprised to hear her speaking in a British accent.

Isn't life weird?


She's bidiaectical.   John Barrowman does the same thing (he's Scottish but was raised for a long time in the US).  They will change their accent based on their audience.

Weirdest damn thing I saw was a video of Gillian Anderson on some British chat show speaking with the host with her British accent.  One of her fellow guests was American.  He asked her a question and without missing a beat, she turned to him, answered him with her American accent then immediately turned back to the host and continued in a British accent.  It was disorienting.
 
2021-03-01 4:16:19 PM  
She was awesome in The Fall and Sex Education. The Fall is awesome; Sex Education was just okay for me.

My favorite performances for her were in American Gods.
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She's got crazy amazing range.
 
2021-03-01 4:28:43 PM  

Snapper Carr: She's bidiaectical. John Barrowman does the same thing (he's Scottish but was raised for a long time in the US). They will change their accent based on their audience.


Is that another version of code-switching?
 
2021-03-01 4:39:23 PM  
I'm from Philly, but live in Michigan. The second I talk to one of my friends or family from home, my accent comes right back.

Also many people are suprised to hear Pat Morita speak without an accent and not like Mr. Miyagi. He grew up in California dudes.
 
2021-03-01 4:50:32 PM  

JammerJim: Snapper Carr: She's bidiaectical. John Barrowman does the same thing (he's Scottish but was raised for a long time in the US). They will change their accent based on their audience.

Is that another version of code-switching?


All I know about Code Switching I learned from watching Def Comedy Jam stars do their "dweeby white guy" voice.
 
2021-03-01 4:52:59 PM  

Xanadone: Not very surprising that some people are bemused about this (to put it kindly).  Remember, there were people who should have known better who were stunned to hear Hugh Laurie speak in his native British accent.


His accent in House was good, but he cracked Brit accent regularly and also occasionally brit-pronounced some few words
 
2021-03-01 4:53:31 PM  
What accent?

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2021-03-01 5:36:33 PM  

Snapper Carr: Jack Sabbath: And yet, as an American who saw her on Top Gear, I was surprised to hear her speaking in a British accent.

Isn't life weird?

She's bidiaectical.   John Barrowman does the same thing (he's Scottish but was raised for a long time in the US).  They will change their accent based on their audience.

Weirdest damn thing I saw was a video of Gillian Anderson on some British chat show speaking with the host with her British accent.  One of her fellow guests was American.  He asked her a question and without missing a beat, she turned to him, answered him with her American accent then immediately turned back to the host and continued in a British accent.  It was disorienting.


I think I saw the same thing and thought it was a gag!
 
2021-03-01 6:11:09 PM  

The Bunyip: What accent?

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Hot women with nice boobs in button-up shirts is so damn hot.
 
2021-03-01 6:47:56 PM  

GregoryD: Also many people are suprised to hear Pat Morita speak without an accent and not like Mr. Miyagi. He grew up in California dudes.


Only people who saw Karate Kid first. I had already seen him speak accent-free on M*A*S*H.
 
2021-03-01 6:49:05 PM  
That woman has aged like fine wine which, like her, is out of my reach.
 
2021-03-01 7:48:02 PM  

The Bunyip: What accent?

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Pretty sure that's from the abysmal X-Files reboot a few years ago. I may have worn out my Apple TV remote on that scene.
 
2021-03-01 7:56:41 PM  

FlashHarry: The Bunyip: What accent?

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Pretty sure that's from the abysmal X-Files reboot a few years ago. I may have worn out my Apple TV remote on that scene.


It absolutely was and that scene made the entire return worth it. She's a treasure.
 
2021-03-01 7:57:47 PM  

Xanadone: Not very surprising that some people are bemused about this (to put it kindly).  Remember, there were people who should have known better who were stunned to hear Hugh Laurie speak in his native British accent.


Read somewhere years ago where he said the fake limp and the fake accent were the hardest things about working on House. I could imagine that would be the case.

Randomness: His blues albums are amazing.
 
2021-03-01 8:07:42 PM  

The Bunyip: FlashHarry: The Bunyip: What accent?

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Pretty sure that's from the abysmal X-Files reboot a few years ago. I may have worn out my Apple TV remote on that scene.

It absolutely was and that scene made the entire return worth it. She's a treasure.


She was great as Hannibal Lecter's therapist.  She was arguably creepier staring through people than he was casually making leg of "lamb" out of a Maryland State Trooper.
 
2021-03-01 8:22:47 PM  

The Bunyip: FlashHarry: The Bunyip: What accent?

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Pretty sure that's from the abysmal X-Files reboot a few years ago. I may have worn out my Apple TV remote on that scene.

It absolutely was and that scene made the entire return worth it. She's a treasure.


That entire episode was good, and it recalled some of the magic of the original series. Unfortunately there were more episodes besides that one, and they ranged from bad to appalling. We're living in an age where over the top conspiracies aren't funny anymore, they're used as justification for insane attacks. And it really didn't help that their Alex Jones simulacrum was supposed to be a good guy.
 
2021-03-01 8:34:56 PM  

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"Because, unlike some other Prime Ministers and FBI Agents, I can speak with an English accent."


Ironic given his American accent has been less than 100% on occasion.
 
2021-03-01 8:37:55 PM  
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2021-03-01 9:07:36 PM  
My wife lived in Trinidad until she was 17. We met when she was 22 and she still pretty much had the one accent but by now 11 years later she has two.

Everyone code switches a bit even if you only have one accent. If I forget to insert the stick up my butt before posting on Fark I get a lot of "lol your so kewl ::eyeroll::" comments because god forbid you don't follow the goddamned AP Style Guide on the Old Nerdy Man Intertubez.
 
2021-03-01 9:37:29 PM  

FlashHarry: They better not watch any Tom Holland interviews.


Or Christian Bale
 
2021-03-01 10:26:41 PM  

Xanadone: Not very surprising that some people are bemused about this (to put it kindly).  Remember, there were people who should have known better who were stunned to hear Hugh Laurie speak in his native British accent.


There was actually a funny little bit on either the Golden Globes or the Emmys with Hugh Laurie and   Zach Braff presenting an award. When  he spoke in his natural accent, Braff acted bewildered and said he didn't know they were using fake accents.
 
2021-03-01 10:45:12 PM  
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NSFW?
 
2021-03-02 12:48:39 AM  
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2021-03-02 1:39:52 AM  

IHadMeAVision: My wife lived in Trinidad until she was 17. We met when she was 22 and she still pretty much had the one accent but by now 11 years later she has two.

Everyone code switches a bit even if you only have one accent.


Yep. It can happen in as little as a few weeks. We all learn language via input. When the input changes, we process it the same way as a child.

I have traveled and lived in several disparate places for work and have noticed my accent and word drift happen quite quickly when I stop to notice it. I think being in Australia was when it started to flip the fastest.
 
2021-03-02 4:34:50 AM  

BafflerMeal: Yep. It can happen in as little as a few weeks. We all learn language via input. When the input changes, we process it the same way as a child.

I have traveled and lived in several disparate places for work and have noticed my accent and word drift happen quite quickly when I stop to notice it. I think being in Australia was when it started to flip the fastest.


I'm the complete opposite, I've lived in about twenty mile radius my whole life. And specifically being on Long Island (including Brooklyn and Queens) means unless you want to pay tolls you're kind of restricted in how far you can go unless you want to go dead east toward the Hamptons and that ends around hundred milesish. That said, while I don't really alter my accent, I kind of unconsciously slow down, emphasize, and use fewer folksy localsy colloquialism when I realize a non-native English speaker or even some American tourist or transplant from the midwest or west coast is having trouble following the way I speak. I worked shiatty customer sevice jobs so it was inevitable in that space.
 
2021-03-02 4:36:29 AM  

BafflerMeal: IHadMeAVision: My wife lived in Trinidad until she was 17. We met when she was 22 and she still pretty much had the one accent but by now 11 years later she has two.

Everyone code switches a bit even if you only have one accent.

Yep. It can happen in as little as a few weeks. We all learn language via input. When the input changes, we process it the same way as a child.

I have traveled and lived in several disparate places for work and have noticed my accent and word drift happen quite quickly when I stop to notice it. I think being in Australia was when it started to flip the fastest.


Are you Madonna? Then shame on you
 
2021-03-02 6:49:25 AM  

Snapper Carr: Jack Sabbath: And yet, as an American who saw her on Top Gear, I was surprised to hear her speaking in a British accent.

Isn't life weird?

She's bidiaectical.   John Barrowman does the same thing (he's Scottish but was raised for a long time in the US).  They will change their accent based on their audience.

Weirdest damn thing I saw was a video of Gillian Anderson on some British chat show speaking with the host with her British accent.  One of her fellow guests was American.  He asked her a question and without missing a beat, she turned to him, answered him with her American accent then immediately turned back to the host and continued in a British accent.  It was disorienting.


I really can't help but call bullshiat on her for this. I was born and raised in a major northeastern city. I have lived half my live in the deep south. I don't bounce back and forth between accents
 
2021-03-02 7:47:04 AM  

havocmike: Snapper Carr: Jack Sabbath: And yet, as an American who saw her on Top Gear, I was surprised to hear her speaking in a British accent.

Isn't life weird?

She's bidiaectical.   John Barrowman does the same thing (he's Scottish but was raised for a long time in the US).  They will change their accent based on their audience.

Weirdest damn thing I saw was a video of Gillian Anderson on some British chat show speaking with the host with her British accent.  One of her fellow guests was American.  He asked her a question and without missing a beat, she turned to him, answered him with her American accent then immediately turned back to the host and continued in a British accent.  It was disorienting.

I really can't help but call bullshiat on her for this. I was born and raised in a major northeastern city. I have lived half my live in the deep south. I don't bounce back and forth between accents


Science!
 
2021-03-02 9:28:39 AM  

havocmike: Snapper Carr: Jack Sabbath: And yet, as an American who saw her on Top Gear, I was surprised to hear her speaking in a British accent.

Isn't life weird?

She's bidiaectical.   John Barrowman does the same thing (he's Scottish but was raised for a long time in the US).  They will change their accent based on their audience.

Weirdest damn thing I saw was a video of Gillian Anderson on some British chat show speaking with the host with her British accent.  One of her fellow guests was American.  He asked her a question and without missing a beat, she turned to him, answered him with her American accent then immediately turned back to the host and continued in a British accent.  It was disorienting.

I really can't help but call bullshiat on her for this. I was born and raised in a major northeastern city. I have lived half my live in the deep south. I don't bounce back and forth between accents


Hell, I've lived my entire life in the Deep South and my accent changes. My dad grew up in Illinois and moved to Alabama when he was a teenager. I developed my "northern" accent (that's what other people call it) from him, and we both speak that way whenever we're not around family or close friends.

But when we're around our family/friends, that twang comes out - and I've noticed it change mid-conversation with multiple people with both him and myself.

It's occasionally intentional, but usually not.
 
2021-03-02 10:33:18 AM  

El Uno Magnifico: Hell, I've lived my entire life in the Deep South and my accent changes. My dad grew up in Illinois and moved to Alabama when he was a teenager. I developed my "northern" accent (that's what other people call it) from him, and we both speak that way whenever we're not around family or close friends.

But when we're around our family/friends, that twang comes out - and I've noticed it change mid-conversation with multiple people with both him and myself.

It's occasionally intentional, but usually not.


Absolutely -- I probably have three accents:

1. Nonregional English -- from growing up in central FL and being surrounded with every accent in the world. This is my "work conference call" voice.

2. Slight Southern accent -- living in AL from age 15-42, you just pick it up. It can get stronger or weaker depending on who I'm talking to. This is my everyday voice.

3. Enunciated English -- I tend to use this when speaking with ESL people as a courtesy, but sometimes I'm just dead wrong and feel like a dumbass (eg, people who are fluent, but have really thick accents; south Asian, especially)
 
2021-03-02 10:33:35 AM  

El Uno Magnifico: Hell, I've lived my entire life in the Deep South and my accent changes. My dad grew up in Illinois and moved to Alabama when he was a teenager. I developed my "northern" accent (that's what other people call it) from him, and we both speak that way whenever we're not around family or close friends.

But when we're around our family/friends, that twang comes out - and I've noticed it change mid-conversation with multiple people with both him and myself.


This is basically me. I grew up in South Texas, raised by people who came from East Texas originally. And like most kids in the 70's, watched a ton of TV. I learned three accents.

So people I would meet out of state would say I didn't sound like I was from Texas because I used the TV voice. But I was conscious of my ability to nail the border accent when using Spanish words.

Later, my then wife-to-be heard me talking on the phone to my parents and asked me why I was using a stereotypical Texas accent and I had no idea what she was talking about.
 
2021-03-02 12:32:52 PM  

Jack Sabbath: The Bunyip: What accent?

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Hot women ... is so damn hot.


Next up: wet things ... are so damn wet.

/yes, i know
 
2021-03-02 12:54:53 PM  
I saw Colbert's interview with Clarissa Ward last night, and her accent would switch back and forth partway through a sentence.
 
2021-03-02 1:00:41 PM  

bingethinker: I saw Colbert's interview with Clarissa Ward last night, and her accent would switch back and forth partway through a sentence.


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"Hallo, wery fine American Farkers! What'cha all talkin' about?"
 
2021-03-02 1:30:57 PM  

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NSFW?


Wait - that's Murray from Flight of the Conchords.
 
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