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getting yelled at by British people - a grammar
"I’m not sure how many of us would admit it, but we Americans still lug around the mindset of a colonized people...strangely clear is on reality television...Any American attempting the British mode risks getting hit with a classic American question: Who the hell does she think she is?...We tend not to know enough about them to undermine their authority on grounds of familiarity with their type or their class...Outside of really wide vocal disparities — a donnish voice versus a swearing Cockney or a ripe Scots — most of us don’t follow too many nuances of accent. If you are English and can string words together with any confidence, you will strike many people as somewhat professorial. We have an innate pedagogical response to the very accents themselves. All of which is totally not-new and just so transparently colonial. For a plucky swaggering live-free-or-die upstart of a nation, we remain oddly cowed by the British in matters of intellect and propriety."
language  culture  accents  us  british  realitytv  pedagogy  society  tcsnmy  chandler  intellect  colonialism 
december 2009 by robertogreco

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