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Thick accents, bad accents, mumbling… Thick accents, bad accents, mumbling… BBC/Origin Pictures

Jamaica Inn complaints reveal widespread accent prejudice

The recent torrent of complaints about the “inaudible dialogue” in the BBC’s adaptation of Daphne de Maurier’s Jamaica Inn have prompted a debate about actors' speech. The cause of the problem was variously…
Stay still, I’ve missed a bit. Stay still, I’ve missed a bit. PA/Tim Whitby

Doing Arnie impressions can activate your brain

The voice is an important tool which we use to communicate and express ourselves. But our voices convey so much more than the words we say. Just a few words can reveal clues about someone’s gender, age…
While it seems unbelievable, there’s a scientific explanation for foreign accent syndrome - and it may surprise you. While it seems unbelievable, there’s a scientific explanation for foreign accent syndrome - and it may surprise you. Baturix

Explainer: what is foreign accent syndrome?

In the past few days, a great deal of media attention has been paid to Leanne Rowe, a Tasmanian woman who has lived eight years with a French accent she acquired after a car accident. This phenomenon is…
Approximately 1% of adults and 4% of children stutter. Approximately 1% of adults and 4% of children stutter. khrawlings/Flickr.

Explainer: what is stuttering?

For the 1% of adults worldwide who stutter, the everyday task of picking up a phone, asking for directions, or ordering food in a restaurant can be incredibly difficult. Stuttering is even more common…

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