It's the end of the frog and toad for regional slang, says report

Friday, September 30, 2016

From ACTFL SmartBrief

Will the Queen's English of today vanish?

Some linguists report that multiculturalism and "talking to machines and listening to Americans" will change accents and how the British speak the Queen's English. In a recent report, the linguists say that by 2066, English in Great Britain will feature shortened words and simplified pronunciation as, among other things, American technology uses a "relaxed and unpretentious approach" to the language.

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It's the end of the frog and toad for regional slang, says report

Sounds of 2066 report says ‘talking to machines and listening to Americans’ will kill off British accents and slang in the future

t’s not just Cockney that’s brown bread: a new report on the homogenisation of spoken English predicts that by the year 2066 the distinctive Brummie G – as in Birmin-gam – will have followed it down the apples and pears, along with dialect words and regional pronunciations such as Glasgow’s bampot, slarty and stooshie, and Newcastle’s neet out on the toon.

The report, The Sounds of 2066, suggests that “talking to machines and listening to Americans” will soon kill off cherished regional accents and phrases and lead to a more universally informal spoken English. It cites the probability that keyboards will soon be as dead as a dog and bone landline, replaced by voice recognition technology, as among the key drivers behind a less diverse English.

Shortened words and simplified pronunciation will bring more changes: the authors suggest that within 50 years any proud owner of a new vehicle in London may be greeted with: “Hey bruv, I totes fink that car is a booty.”

Dominic Watt, a lecturer in forensic speech science at the University of York, said: “In future, our voices will become ever more crucial and we’ll use them to interact with the majority of machines and devices in our daily lives. Keyboards will have become obsolete and we will become completely comfortable speaking to our cars, washing machines, fridges, taxi apps and online banking services.”