January 19th, 2004

Me 2012

Accents and Oddities: Speaking and Mis-speaking in a Second Language

brennabat made the mistake of asking me how to create a plausible-sounding, and consistent, accent in a fictional character. Now, I'm not altogether sure that I manage this, but it is something I've thought a lot about, and I answered her at considerable length. I figured I'd post my thoughts here, both for my own more convenient reference, and to see if anyone else had thoughts on the matter.

I should note that this is written with an eye towards fictitious languages, rather than imitating the accents that real people have, though I'd welcome any insights on that. One caveat -- my degree is in literature, and I'm not a grammarian. I may've gotten some of my grammar terms wrong -- if you notice anything that sounds off, please let me know!
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