Thoughts from a language teacher who also happens to be an armchair linguist,an amateur musician, a programmer, and a new father.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
A regional accent emerging: friends trump family
Overheard from my eldest daughter at the end of a skype with cousins...
Grace: /Wəts 'ðæt pɪkʃʌɹ/ (What's that picture. ) Katharine: /ðæts ə pɪkʃʌɹ əv ænt 'ɛli/ (That's a picture of aunt Ellie. ) Grace: (annoyed) /'ɒnt ɛli/ (*Aunt* Ellie. )
So Grace is beginning to assert accent independence from her loving parents.
I'm pretty sure neither Katharine nor I routinely say ɒnt, so this must be coming from school (it is, I believe, the standard pronunciation here in New England).