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Media: BBC: Tory accents

Submitter: Veronika Koller

Submitter Email: v.koller@lancaster.ac.uk
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Media Body: Dear colleagues,

You may be interested in a BBC Radio 4 report on 'suitable' accents for
party leaders in Britain that was broadcast on Monday, 18 July 2005. The
audio file is accessible free of charge via


Veronika (Koller)

Veronika Koller
Lecturer in Critical Discourse Analysis
Department of Linguistics and English Language
Lancaster University
Bailrigg, Lancaster LA1 4YT
Phone: ++44-(0)1524-594642
Fax: ++44-(0)1524-843085
Web: http://www.ling.lancs.ac.uk/staff/koller/index.htm

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Issue Number: 16.2236
Date Posted: July 22, 2005

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