As I brush the egg off my face, I agree I’d better stick more strictly to phonetics.
Today’s blog will be derivative. First, here’s a cutting-edge report from the world of phonotectonics and consonantal drift.
Second, we have a video of a young Londoner doing rather impressive impressions of twenty different accents. This video went viral over the weekend, so you may have seen it already.
I thought that was pretty good on the whole, though the attempt at a Japanese accent is feeble. And he needs a scriptwriter. You may consider his “natural” speech, his own accent, rather interesting, too. Despite his extensive use of intervocalic t-glottalling and th-fronting, he does not think of it as Cockney. On the contrary, the very first “impression” he attempts is one of Cockney. It differs from his usual speech by, for example, incorporating shifted diphthongs and by a marked change of voice quality.
Thirdly, a footnote to Friday’s nom nom nom.