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Changing attitudes towards the Welsh English accent: A view from Twitter

Durham, Mercedes ORCID: 2016. Changing attitudes towards the Welsh English accent: A view from Twitter. Durham, Mercedes and Morris, Jonathan, eds. Sociolinguistics in Wales, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 181-205. (10.1057/978-1-137-52897-1_7)

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This chapter presents an analysis of tweets containing the terms Welsh and accent. Each tweet was coded with respect to the attitudes found in it and whether they were positive, negative, or other. Nearly half (49%) the tweets analysed indicated positive attitudes towards the Welsh accent, while only 15% were negative. Overwhelmingly, the positive tweets commented on the attractiveness of the accent (and of its speakers) or on the tweeter’s own desire to have a Welsh accent. The analysis also revealed that the Welsh English accent is particularly associated with the South Wales Valleys in people’s minds and that recent television shows have played a part in the increased appreciation of the accent.

Item Type: Book Section
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages > PB1001 Celtic languages and literature
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137528964
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Last Modified: 01 Nov 2022 10:26

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