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Thursday, May 26, 2016

How Aging Affects Understanding Of Accents

Do British Accents Become Unintelligible to Americans As They Get Older?

First-of-its-kind analysis was inspired by older Americans at hearing clinics who complained about no longer being able to understand their favorite TV shows.

Amanda Holpuch | May 26, 2016

Academics are studying whether British accents become unintelligible to Americans as they age.
The first-of-its-kind analysis was inspired by older Americans complaining at hearing clinics about no longer being able to understand their favorite television shows, such as Keeping Up Appearances and PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre, which presents British series.
The study’s senior author, Sarah Hargus Ferguson, a University of Utah associate professor of communication sciences and disorders, said researchers wanted to test whether it was an actual problem that patients would come in and say: “I really used to enjoy Masterpiece Theater and now I can’t”.

Does Downton Abbey become more difficult to understand as the American listener ages? Source:

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