UK accents: Are the just more of them?

Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by dtle, Mar 31, 2020.

  1. dtle

    dtle Well-Known Member

    Dec 12, 2001


    I've been binging on many shows lately (haven't we all?), and while watching some UK ones, I noticed that seems to be many different accents (though I can't begin to say which is which).

    Is it true that since the UK have all the different accents of English, Irish, and Scottish, there is so many different ones than in America?

    Or is it just me being an American, and don't know noticed all the different American accents, because I've been hearing them all my life?
  2. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    The latter?

    We definitely have a lot of accents! I suspect there are as many Southern accents here as total accents in England...
  3. KDeFlane

    KDeFlane Active Member

    Jan 29, 2014
    Silicon Valley
    "The British Isles is made up many, many different accents and dialects – more than 37 dialects at the last count."
    ~20 regional accents in the USA
    (based on slapdash google search)
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  4. JohnB1000

    JohnB1000 Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2004
    37 seems to be underselling it. In the UK the accents are so different for places so close. Liverpool and Manchester are about 20 miles apart but have totally different accents.
  5. Steveknj

    Steveknj Lost in New Joisey TCF Club

    Mar 10, 2003
    New Jersey


    I think there are more accents than just the regional once in the USA. For example people in NY sound different from people from NJ. Not to mention, there's foreign accents as well. PA sounds different as well. If you have your ear tuned to accents you can tell the difference
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  6. pgogborn

    pgogborn Well-Known Member

    Nov 11, 2002
    Know the Difference Between a Brooklyn Accent and a Bronx Accent? Here’s a Tutorial by Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini | TVWeek

    Sometimes when Peter Calpadi was playing Doctor Who he would deliberately replace his generic Scottish accent with a specificly Glaswegian one, turned in audience members could infer a shift in tone of character.

    I have always assumed when an actor who is not necessarily from the Bronx emphasizes a Bronx accent I can infer something about the character they are playing.
  7. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 23, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    I recall reading an article years ago that discussed how in England many of the accents are tied to class in a way that they aren't here in the US.
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  8. ej42137

    ej42137 Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2014
    Los Angeles
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  9. gweempose

    gweempose Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Mar 23, 2003
    Chicago, IL

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