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American and British Accents and Its Effect on Transcription

Famous Linguistic J. C. Wells described Accent as a pattern of pronunciation used by a speaker for whom English is the native language or more generally, by the community or social grouping to which he or she belongs. Accent is an important aspect of speech variation. The British and American accents are the two major English accents in the world and they both differ in terms of pitch, diction and phonetics. British English is spoken throughout the British Commonwealth of 54 countries, some of the most notable being the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. American English is spoken in the USA, Canada and other Pacific countries where America has wielded an influence.

British speakers possess much steeper pitch accent than American speakers. American speakers on the other hand tend to speak lower in final words of sentences. Even speakers from the Commonwealth who generally speak British English tend to speak in different dialects within themselves.

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