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Jake22
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Has anyone else noticed this?

I don't know whether it is just the nature of my fellow students but there seems to be this generic 'university' accent that is faintly southern, involves saying 'yeah' or 'right' at the end of most phrases and most annoyingly, everything said?, is in a rising inquisitive tone?... as if everything is a question?... as if nobody has any confidence in what they are saying?... like they need constant verification?

Any thoughts or opinions?
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Ive noticed that a lot of young asian people talk like this I know what you mean.
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No idea what you mean, mate. I think that's just more general language patterns amongst the youth, not just uni students.
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I talkkk with a thhickk Derby (DARRRRBY) Accent, and I love it! I ellongate words which people laugh at me for e.g LOADDDDDDSSSSSSSS of choclate. I dont think il pick up any accent as such, but I have picked up new phrases..
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No idea what you mean, mate. I think that's just more general language patterns amongst the youth, not just uni students.
Well the reason I mention it is because I notice a big difference between the way people at my university speak and the way my friends who didn't go to university speak. I did have one friend who went to university and started to speak like that for a bit but then he regressed back to normal when he finished.
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There's maybe something in it.
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No, but i keep getting hold how i start my sentences with isit, or init
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Considering most Universities have students from across the globe, I suspect it's a little insulting to classify their accents as generic and 'slightly Southern'. Dare I say those from Sussex have a 'slightly Southern' accent.

I'm from Sussex, and many of my friends most certainly do not speak as i do.
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I had someone in my class last year who rose her voice like a question at the end of every single sentence. It's quite unbelievable how annoying that is. I've never heard anyone but her do that.

Most people at my uni have strong southern accents, they sound like a bunch of stuck up ******s. That said...most of them are.
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Theres a large proportion of northan people on my course (in london) so I do catch myself going northan sometimes. When I say 'See ya later' I do it in a yorkshire accent. Wierd. Otherwise I having noticed anything. Its probably a reflection on how young people speak anyway - regardless of whether they are at uni or not.
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(Original post by Jason Sparks)
Considering most Universities have students from across the globe, I suspect it's a little insulting to classify their accents as generic and 'slightly Southern'. Dare I say those from Sussex have a 'slightly Southern' accent.

I'm from Sussex, and many of my friends most certainly do not speak as i do.
Perhaps the fact that there are many students from across the globe means that, within that environment, they will 'mute' their localised accent and adopt a 'University' accent, in order to approach other students in a similar idiom?

I've noticed several 'types' of accent, though I'm convinced that one is a product of the Public School system; it is very boisterious, and ironically (and stereotypically) 'chav'. Aside from that I've noticed the use of 'yah', as well as 'ok' as a sort of catch-all answer to any question, repeated, if permissable, as many times as possible.
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At York there's definitely this university accent you speak of, O.P. That's not to say everyone has adopted it. I think people put it on to 'intimidate the locals'. Doubt it works; I don't know any intimidating uni students.
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Perhaps the fact that there are many students from across the globe means that, within that environment, they will 'mute' their localised accent and adopt a 'University' accent, in order to approach other students in a similar idiom?
Definitely. That's exactly what it is.
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I think making every sentence sound like a question is a London (and maybe Southern generally) thing. It's been around for a while. My cousin went to Live in London (from Sheffield) when she was about 20 (she's now 33) and even back then we noticed she'd started doing it since she lived down there. She still does it to this day (still lives down there)
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Well, I certainly don't do it. And I know people who do. Maybe that's just, you know, their accent.

Huge numbers of people come from London to Cambridge, so yeah, I would guess that was the reason...
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Northern people do it too. The uni accent is different to a generic southern accent.
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When I went for an interview everyone seemed to have the exact same southern sounding accent, except me.

I did also get told I had a nice accent by an attractive young lady.

Oooooh yeeeeeah! :cool:
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Well it's definitely a London thing, everyone round here does it. It is annoying, but then I think I probably do it myself, so I can't complain.
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I'm from Manchester, with a broad Manchester accent and have no intention of 'mutingt' it to sound like southerner at Uni!
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(Original post by wtid)
I think making every sentence sound like a question is a London (and maybe Southern generally) thing.
It's actually an American thing, adopted by teenagers from popular culture.

When you grow up with American sitcoms blabbing at you more than your friends and family, it's difficult NOT to adpot it. However, my accent is a mixture of posh, and dropping my T's. It's bizzare.
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