Date: Mon, 31 Jan 1994 14:12:51 +0100
From: Peter Trudgill PeterJohn.Trudgill[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ANGL.UNIL.CH
Subject: Re: Stereotyping of Accent on Film/TV
Of course it's true that the villain is often played by a Brit! I
deduce that one connotation for American audiences of Upper Class English
English accents is "sinister". The interesting question is "Why?"
Typically, though, it is only in Dracula-type or science fiction American
horror movies that the villain is played by a Brit, such as Peter Cushing.
Peter Trudgill FBA
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