Listen to what we’re sayin!

Beth Rigby, Sky’s senior political correspondent recently got criticised for the way she delivered the news, like it even matters, and The Times,  Oliver Kamm  stuck up for her, and said that we need to hear more regional accents within the media.

I believe this is true, I do agree with Oliver Kamm as we all need an equal representation amongst the Media, as after all, we are all consumers of the Media. If I watch the news and I am able to hear a familiar voice such as someone from my area, it would make the delivery of the news more warm, friendly and relatable. When I watch the news and I don’t want it delivered in a boring monotone accent.

Accents for some do not matter, but for some they are a means of judging someone on a first impression. People can have different stereotypes of different accents. Birmingham accents can be considered to sound quite dense, whereas Scottish accents can sound quite aggressive at times, especially Glaswegian accents, but these need to be represented in the media more. BBC English is long gone, popular TV show personalities such as Ant and Dec, famous and well loved Geordies have had a career in the entertainment industry for years and years, no one seemed to mind about their accents so why should it matter if newsreaders read in Received Pronunciation 24/7, give it a rest….get a Yorkshire lad on the job.

This has also been the case within the Houses of Parliament. Pat Glass, Labour MP, Accused the Tories of deliberately mocking women and their northern accents. The women are ridiculed just because they didn’t go to an all boys public school and Pat Glass says that this shouldn’t be the case. Just as everyone should be equally represented in the media, they should have an equal representation of people from all over the country in parliament, not just posh boys from down south.

To conclude I believe an equal representation of accents within the media is very much needed, people need to know that there is more than just Estuary English when it comes to accent.

Introduction to World Englishes

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There are many languages within the globe. The English language is a west Germanic language that was first spoken in early medieval England, but now it is spoken all over the world! In 2006 there were 360-400 million native speakers of the English language. Can it be said that there is more than one version of the English language?

We have seen the journey of the English language throughout the years, from its Anglo-Saxon origin, to the current place it is at now. English is spoken all over the world, and debates have occurred if “English” is a big enough word, or if its just an umbrella term to describe the different types of English?

English can not be seen as the dominant of the English. The ratio of British English speakers than there are English speakers around the world, and those are the people who have taken the English language and adapted it to their own needs, there is no right or wrong way to use the English Language due to it having so many users.

The difference between first and second language speakers of the English language is that the second language speakers adapt the language to their own use. Kachru (1992)  devised a model to try to show the world Englishes

220px-kachrus_three_circles_of_englishHis model was put together before the Internet and the Media were popular, and it doesn’t explain the diversity of the Englishes within the circle which is a negative point. English is a Lingua Franca (which means that it is being used as a common language amongst speakers who come from different linguistic backgrounds)

 

Jennifer Jenkins (2006) points to five key characteristics of ELF

  • It is used by speakers of different languages allowing them to communicate with each other
  • It is an alternate to English as a foreign language rather than a replacement for it
  • ELF may include innovations that might characterise local varieties of English
  • Linguistic accommodation and code-switching are seen as useful strategies in ELF
  • The language of proficient ELF users tends to be used for description for the purposes of possible codification.

Should apostrophes be banned?

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Dear Bradford council,

I believe that apostrophes are detrimental to our English language and should not be banned from street signs. What is the point in having punctuation and grammar rules if they aren’t going to be used properly?

The apostrophe has two main uses in our English language, to mark contradictions and to show possession. There can be disagreements as to when we should use them, but in my opinion I think they shouldn’t be missed of street signs.

We can use apostrophes for showing omission of letters in a contraction. You’re (you are) We’re (we are). We also use them before the S to show possessive of singular nouns. By missing them out on street signs we wont be teaching everyone the correct ways on how to use them.

Language and punctuation is powerful and it should not just be put off for the sake of a street sign. Misuse of apostrophes on street signs can pick up bad habits for everyone.