Date: Mon, 31 Jan 1994 10:59:05 CST

From: Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU

Subject: Re: Stereotyping of Accent on Film/TV

Peter Trudgill PeterJohn.Trudgill[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] writes:

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.

And what about American accents as portrayed on British TV? (BTW, it

would be too easy to hire an American actor to do this.) The British

version of what Americans sound like is pretty jarring when shows

play in the US; but in addition, Americans tend not to be sympathetic

characters on these shows either. Even the French fare

better on British TV than Americans.


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