February 09, 2011
Glaswegians have the most attractive accent for Japanese speakers of English, a new study by Northumbria University has found. For a recently published book, Robert McKenzie, senior lecturer in sociolinguistics at the university, questioned more than 500 Japanese students of English to study how worldwide perceptions of the English language are changing.
The six accents under consideration were from Alabama and Ohio in America, the Glasgow dialect, Scottish standard English, moderately-accented Japanese English and heavily-accented Japanese English. The four native varieties of English were rated as most prestigious under the social status category.
An online poll of over 2,000 Japanese people by eigoTown.com in 2006 revealed that Japanese consider British English to be the "sexiest".
Reported by: Russell Willis
• Dr. Robert McKenzie
• The Social Psychology of English as a Global Language
• British English accent the sexiest
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