Accents are like opinions: everybody’s got one. But how do opinions affect accents?

Listeners want to know: Why do people seem to lose their accent when they sing? And is there any reason why we think some accents sound attractive and others less so?

Daniel, Ben, and Kylie talk it over on this episode of Talk the Talk.

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Show notes

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ACARA: Curriculum

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Trudgill: Acts of Conflicting Identity: The Sociolinguistics of British Pop-song Pronunciation

Trudgill on Pop Song Pronunciation

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On singing accents

Why British Singers Lose Their Accents When Singing

Talking tactics: Rihanna and the pop stars who change accent

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The Debate We Have To Have: Identity Politics And The Left

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