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#1
I'm afraid this is a kind of "help me with my work" threads.

I'm doing a paper on British actors playing American characters, specifically from a linguistic perspective, but being English and unfamiliar with American accents I need a hand.

Whereabouts would you place Hugh lauries accent/dialect?

I know he works in New Jersey, trained in Michigan but grew up abroad, so no real clues there.
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I'm afraid this is a kind of "help me with my work" threads.

I'm doing a paper on British actors playing American characters, specifically from a linguistic perspective, but being English and unfamiliar with American accents I need a hand.

Whereabouts would you place Hugh lauries accent/dialect?

I know he works in New Jersey, trained in Michigan but grew up abroad, so no real clues there.

Hugh Laurie is from Oxford.
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#3
his accent in house is american
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#4
British. Unless you mean in character when he talks normal. Then it's just normal.
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#5
It's definitely a more East Coast accent. Otherwise, you'll have to talk to that dude from "My Fair Lady"
#6
There's no such thing as an English accent or a British accent.
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#7
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There's no such thing as a British accent.




Knowing is half the battle.
#8
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There's no such thing as a British accent.

I knew you guys were faking.
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#9
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There's no such thing as a British accent.


I'm sure I see this exact sentence written like 3 times a week on this forum
#10
It's the standard Midwest, neutral accent. You hear the same thing (with a less acerbic attitude) on the news every night.
#11
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There's no such thing as a British accent.


About ****ing time!
#12
Can't help with pinpointing House accent but I'm interested in your work.

Have you included Andrew Lincoln, David Morrissey?
Idris Elba and Dominic West?
Damien Lewis?
Christian Bale?

For a few of those I was majorly surprised they weren't American.
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#13
^ Tom Hardy's awesome as well, imo.

He does a lot with his voice for some roles. I loved the way he sounded in Lawless.

Gary Oldman does some great stuff with his voice as well.
#14
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There is such a thing as a "British accent", as in "an accent from somewhere in Britain", just not an accent that represents the WHOLE of Britain as is inferred by the phrase.


protip: we don't care about all of your accent distinctions so "british accent" works perfectly well.
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#16
^ I cannot notice any discernable difference.
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#17
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I'm afraid this is a kind of "help me with my work" threads.

I'm doing a paper on British actors playing American characters, specifically from a linguistic perspective, but being English and unfamiliar with American accents I need a hand.

Whereabouts would you place Hugh lauries accent/dialect?

I know he works in New Jersey, trained in Michigan but grew up abroad, so no real clues there.

Not about Hugh Laurie, but these 2 chaps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0oVG9bLHP0

Both from England. One from Sheffield oop t' north but educated at Eton in London, one from Hackney in London.

EDIT: The other bloke at the end is American but has lived a long time in London too.
#18
i can't listen cause i'm in class but the first one says Scottish and i've seen the second movie. "british accent" would refer to english people. "english accent" would be more accurate but likewise we don't care about your geographic distinctions.
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#19
I'm gonna take this opportunity to bash The King's Speech as the most ******ed premise for a movie I've ever encountered.
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#20
I quite liked it, it didn't deserve all the awards it won but it was coo'.
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#21
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I guess it must be tough for you Canadians to understand, being part of Mexico and all.

At least neither of them are part of America
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At least neither of them are part of America


They are. As are Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay etc.
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#23
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They are. As are Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay etc.

At least they aren't part of the United States of* America.
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#24
Much better
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#25
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At least they aren't part of the United States of* America.

No his point was we own them.

And (as has been said) Dr. House's accent is the General American accent, aka the best one.
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#27
British accents refer to English accents in America cause most of us don't know that other countries make Great Britain up. Ya know, since we don't live there. We know Scottish accents and Irish accents but call em as we see em.

sorry brits
#28
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It's definitely a more East Coast accent.


Lol thinking everything must be from the coastal states.
#29
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I'm gonna take this opportunity to bash The King's Speech as the most ******ed premise for a movie I've ever encountered.

Yeah, what a stupid premise, basing a movie on something that actually happened, how crazy!

Daniel Day-Lewis is the man when it comes to complete transformations of voice, and body really. Dude is unbelievable.
#30
Quote by benonbass1
I'm afraid this is a kind of "help me with my work" threads.

I'm doing a paper on British actors playing American characters, specifically from a linguistic perspective, but being English and unfamiliar with American accents I need a hand.

Whereabouts would you place Hugh lauries accent/dialect?

I know he works in New Jersey, trained in Michigan but grew up abroad, so no real clues there.

its definitely not jersey. I don't notice particular notice an accent in his voice on house, it sounds normal to me, but I do live 5 mins from Michigan, so maybe thats what he was aiming for.
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#31
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Yeah, what a stupid premise, basing a movie on something that actually happened, how crazy!

Just because it happened doesn't mean it's worth making a 3 hour movie about

But I haven't seen it, it just sounds stupid. Wealthy privileged royalty can't talk right, how relatable & compelling.
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#32
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Yeah, what a stupid premise, basing a movie on something that actually happened, how crazy!


I took a really long, bloody shit the other day.

I think I have the makings of a suspense thriller.
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#33
Accents... In New Jersey, you don't say water, you say
"walder."
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#34
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Just because it happened doesn't mean it's worth making a 3 hour movie about

But I haven't seen it, it just sounds stupid. Wealthy privileged royalty can't talk right, how relatable & compelling.

While normally I agree with the first statement it was actually a fairly well done movie.
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#35
Quote by ErikLensherr
Just because it happened doesn't mean it's worth making a 3 hour movie about

But I haven't seen it, it just sounds stupid. Wealthy privileged royalty can't talk right, how relatable & compelling.

It's a British thing, a lot of us love our royalty.
#36
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It's a British thing, a lot of us love our royalty.


A lot of the British are mentally ******ed.

Coincidence? I think not.
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#37
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So you're admitting to just being flat-out ignant.

Fair enough. Must be hard for you Columbians to keep track of all these small overseas countries
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#38
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A lot of the British are mentally ******ed.

Coincidence? I think not.

Hey, I'm no fan of the royalty. It's you Americans that gave The King's Speech Oscars and awards because it's about the royalty
#39
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Can't help with pinpointing House accent but I'm interested in your work.

Have you included Andrew Lincoln, David Morrissey?
Idris Elba and Dominic West?
Damien Lewis?
Christian Bale?

For a few of those I was majorly surprised they weren't American.


Damien Lewis has a good accent.

Christian Bale's on the other hand is ridiculous. Considering he's Welsh, nobody would think it. His voice must have permanently adapted to sound American. Although he does a good Cockney accent in The Prestige!
#40
I was under the impression that Cockney was less of an accent and more of an impediment.
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