Sociophonetic analysis of the three speakers: Kate Nash, Tony Blair, Simon Reeve

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Below you can find a sociophonetic comparison of three persons: a singer Kate Nash, a politician Tony Blair and a journalist Simon Reeve. They all speak Estuary English or Cockney (Mockney) and each of them has got different education. Furthermore, they were all raised in various environments, which might have a huge impact on their accents. Figure 1 below contains information concerning the speakers’ sociophonetic aspects of lives:

 

 
Kate Nash
Tony Blair
Simon Reeve
Profession
singer
politician
journalist, TV presenter
Born / age
London, 1987 / 23
Edinburgh, 1953 / 57
London, 1972 / 38
Lived in
London
Adelaide in Australia, Glasgow, Durham
London
Social class
Middle-class
Upper-middle-class
Middle-class
Father / mother
English / Irish
English / Irish
No data
Education
BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology in South London
St John’s College in Oxford
Comprehensive school
Taught RP?
Yes
Yes
No data
Familiar
with
Cockney speakers?
Yes
No
Yes
Actual accent
Mockney
RP / Estuary English
Estuary English
Public opinion on their accent
Still too “posh”, affected
Flexible
Natural
Reasons of adopting Cockney features
Following Lily Allen; gaining fans
Being more flexible to “fit in with many groups”
Vigorous, natural accent from regions for the BBC programmes
Fig. 1 Social aspects of the speakers’ lives

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