Accents

I saw a piece on the news today that the Yorkshire accent is currently in demand in call centres as it is an accent people want to hear apparently.  As a Yorkshireduck I of course can't comment...

It got me thinking though, surely hiring people (as the report suggested) based on their accent is some sort of discrimination?  Would YOU hire someone (or pass on someone) with a certain accent?

 

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johnjenkins's picture

Why do HMRC

johnjenkins | | Permalink

debt management use people with Scottish accents?????????????

Parky had a very warm voice, funnily enough so did Freddy Trueman.

Democratus's picture

Accents are interpretted as giving credibility or otherwise

Democratus | | Permalink

As someone from Norn Irn I do have a regional accent, so feel i can comment. There was a survey some time ago where Midlands accents and Liverpool accents were given the worst ranking.

It's nonesense except it isn't because it's a perceived thing.

Incidentally - regional versus local acccents, there are differences. Do I as a non Yorkshire person hear just one accent, but CC differentiate within the County specific areas. Not all Scottish accents are "apparently" understood as shown by the TV program about fishing boats in a small Scottish town (can't remember the name) and there were sub titles on show when the fishermen were speaking.

Right, back t' work

BKD's picture

That will have been Peterhead, Democratus    1 thanks

BKD | | Permalink

Or some other location in NE Scotland. Where it's always a challenge buying a new pair of shoes. ("Fit fit fits fit fit?")

Back to the original question - I'd certainly think twice about hiring someone with a particular accent   ;¬) ;¬)

Flash Gordon's picture

Quiet

Flash Gordon | | Permalink

Can you avoid hiring someone because they talk too quietly? I really struggle with softly-spoken people. And combine that with a strong accent and I've no hope. My neighbours are both very softly-spoken and have strong Indian accents to boot so our conversations are not going to be frequent! (Their young daughter on the other hand is much louder and I can understand every word she says to her friends when they're on the other side of the fence!) I've also struggled with Welsh accents and some Scottish ones. Though I do really like a Scottish accent if it's loud enough to hear. But you can't beat a good old Lancashire accent. It even beats Yorkshire! 

(I think I was born in the wrong end of the country)

Old Greying Accountant's picture

I can generally ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... tune in to an accent quite quickly, it is all about getting the rhythm and picking up the stresses and vowel sounds.

Where it becomes difficult is when people talk in the local vernacular. I can hear the words, just have no idea what they mean!

Fin in Aberdeen, dinna fash yersel if ye get drookit, dinna ya ken it's affa dreich there?

That said, I dinna ken what it is about a Gaelic accent, but there is nothing more sexy than a quine with a soft Scottish, Irish or Welsh accent, and nothing makes me more feart than a harsh one of those accents.

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Rab C Nesbit

Constantly Confused | | Permalink

Democratus, I know what you mean about local accents.  People would describe my accent as Yorkshire, but they would also say the same of my not too distant neighbours in Barnsley.  The accents are close, but clearly distinguishable to a local.  I used to think the same applied in the US, but apparently they do just have a 'Texas' accent with only minor differences across the state.  I wonder what country has the most diverse accent per square mile (I hear France is MAD for that, like 'French' is only spoken by a small proportion of the population, with regional dialects practically being new languages).

As an 'interesting' observation on this subject, I used to stay in Newcastle with my gran in the summer holidays and there was a bit of a Yorkshire/Geordie language barrier (partly accent, partly they speak another language up there...) and she used to watch Rab C Nesbit.  I used to genuinly get 1 word in 10, but she got every word (she would translate), I suspect because Scottish is much closer to Geordie than Yorkshire.

johnjenkins's picture

Austria

johnjenkins | | Permalink

has a varied accent base. You go from what they call "high German" (bit like the queens english) to slang, but slang that has been shortened. So if the word is "money" slang could be "dosh" which would be shortened to do. The way the Austrians pick it up is what the sentence is about.

Old Greying Accountant's picture

The Geordie dialect ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... is more akin to the Doric spoken in Aberdeen than to Yorkshire dialects - not sure where the language bodere is as much of North Yorkshire is more Geordie which starts below Middlesborough and get stronger the further north you go.

I did read once that there are only four accents in the USA, don't know how true that is.

MissLizzie's picture

The Northern accent does it for me!

MissLizzie | | Permalink

I speak to a lot of people on the phone and I can't deny that I don't get sucked in by a strong northern accent...they are always so calm, smooth and warm! What more could you want?! And this is coming from a Southern lass.

Old Greying Accountant's picture

Yorkshire accents are calm ...

Old Greying Acc... | | Permalink

... but smooth - most of the blokes sound like they gargle with gravel!

Accents

sarah douglas | | Permalink

Hi I love accents.   It makes the world more interesting  one of my favourite accents is Newcastle .  I really do like the Newcastle accent it always sounds really friendly.  O2 have a Glasgow office and I am not sure were it is but the accent is really nice.  I also like the Northern Ireland Accent that is not harsh as some can be.  There are some that our my least favourite.  One is probably the Southern Accent and I think this is because  I am Irish.  I just find it very slow but no other reason but I still like it.  Even though some of my closet friends are from the South they know we have to slow down for them.  There is a accent in Scotland that football followers speak from all teams I am sure it is put on a times which I do not like but that might have something to with that half the time football  is all their interested in.( Not all of course ) .    When I was 17 I broke up with a lad that had a Cork accent and I could not bear it but I am pretty sure the feeling is mutual from Cork people about the Dublin Accent.

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