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Re: Grandsire's Fluency wish-list

From:Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Sunday, June 11, 2000, 8:41
Christophe Grandsire scripsit:

> > > Very true. Also, the only British English I've ever heard is BBC English, > > which is quite a strange dialect IMHO :)) . Yet when I hear Captain > > Jean-Luc Picard in ST: TNG, I understand him quite correctly while > > Americans told me he had a British accent (that I don't understand: why > > giving him a British accent if he's supposed to be French?).
So I hear, it's fairly common practice for all Hollywood movie characters who're supposed to be from the continent to speak with some sort of British accent because it sounds foreign to American audiences. (Yes, they're a cynical lot, Hollywood producers are.) It's certainly true in many movies; I first remember noticing that many years ago in a movie about the fall of the Tsarist regime in Russia where Rasputin was played by the antepenultimate Dr. Who, whose name escapes me at the moment (he was the actor who played the role for*ever*). ====================================== Tom Wier <artabanos@...> ICQ#: 4315704 AIM: trwier "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." ======================================