American perceptions

Gabriel   Wed Feb 28, 2007 8:14 pm GMT
Last month NPR asked listeners to put themselves in the shoes of Oscar nominees and imagine what they would say if they won. People submitted many samples, imitating some of the nominees or the characters they play, accent and all.
Some submissions can be found at

It's interesting to notice that when attempting to speak like the Queen, many people got the voice quality and intonation quite close, seemed to enunciate more clearly, but still kept it rhotic. The Queen is clearly non-rhotic in her speech and this should be striking to American ears. Is it that they perceive her as speaking "correct" English and that "correct" in their mind means pronouncing the r's?
Skippy   Thu Mar 01, 2007 12:01 am GMT
I didn't listen (my computer's really slow) but you're probably right about them perceiving her as speaking "correct" and including an /r/. However, there are so many subtle differences between English English and American English that I wouldn't be surprised if they just forgot to omit their final /r/'s.
Guest   Thu Mar 01, 2007 2:27 am GMT
What is "English English"?
Skippy   Thu Mar 01, 2007 4:33 pm GMT
The English they speak in England