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    Default Do you find regional accents more trust worthy than elite accents?

    This may be something which is unique to the UK but university research has indicated that in the UK at least regional accents, such as northern england, scotland and ireland's accents are trusted more than received english pronounciation. It has been linked to the banking scandals and recession but the banks have simply substituted regional phone centres or voice ad actors for english ones.

    The exception being the US apparently which still likes elite english accents, hence the success of films like the King's Speech.

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    How can an accent be trustworthy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    How can an accent be trustworthy?
    You make it seem like a stupid question. People have certain associations with certain accents.
    Elite English = bureaucrat, or stuffy paper pusher. Would screw over grandmother, if paper work not presented in triplicate.

    When I taught English in Korea, my kiwi accent was less than desirable.

    I can see banks pulling a PR stunt like that.
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    there's studies here that view people's perceptions of various accents... apparently midwestern and southern accents are considered to be the most trustworthy... southerners, however, are considered to be kind of dumb, so I'm just going to use that data to assume that I have the best accent of all
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    Pathetic, really.

    That being said, I can't help but find certain accents like nails on a chalkboard. I don't trust the person any less than would happen otherwise, I just kind of want them to shut up.
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    Lying is linked to intelligence. Maybe that's why I trust simple spoken rural accents more in their earnestness. Not that southerners aren't smart, but their intelligence doesn't often come from their verbalizations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ajblaise View Post
    Lying is linked to intelligence. Maybe that's why I trust simple spoken rural accents more in their earnestness. Not that southerners aren't smart, but their intelligence doesn't often come from their verbalizations.
    You're apparently unaware of the vast canon of literature by Southern writers. Their intelligence often doesn't come from their verbalizations?

    It's just a less hostile culture, more friendly, trusting, and accepting. Personable.

    Lying may be linked to intelligence but I can assure you that Southern people generally know how to lie, and their honesty is linked to culture, not intelligence.

    I think hard core New Yorkers sound absolutely retarded, ftr (like that whole Brooklyn, Beastie Boys accent). They sound more idiotic to me than any Southerner ever could, so it's all a matter of perception.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    How can an accent be trustworthy?
    I think in the UK at least it may be linked to class and money (and to a lesser extent, here too) and I guess the upper classes are seen as less trustworthy?

    That's my guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lark View Post
    This may be something which is unique to the UK but university research has indicated that in the UK at least regional accents, such as northern england, scotland and ireland's accents are trusted more than received english pronounciation. It has been linked to the banking scandals and recession but the banks have simply substituted regional phone centres or voice ad actors for english ones.
    I think it goes back even before the recent crises. I watched a documentary from around 2000 on the English language and it addressed this subject briefly. Apparently many English companies put their call centres in Glasgow because people find the accent soothing and gave a sense of dependability.

    I can personally attest to this as I had a Scottish professor at uni who I found a dream to listen to in lectures
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