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How do we develop accents?

asked in Language, speech

dendelion answers:

By being raised by people who have accents

They teach us their pronounciation

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blacksmith81 answers:

We all learn language, as children by mimicking what we hear. This is not only the words, but how they are pronounced.

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zhuangzibutterfly answers:

If it's your mother language, you will normally develop it when you learn to talk and pick it up from the people around you.
When you come to a foreign country and learn its language, you tend to have the accent of the place where you learn it. So if you move from place to place your accend will probably be a combination of all the places.
If you learn the language from tapes and radio, you normally don't have a distinct accent, unless you always listen to BBC or VOA and develop their accent.

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