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]angl.unil.ch 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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