It appears that I am slowly being drawn into the league of Yam-Yams. In Solihull there are usually only subtle variaties of the the West Midlands family of accents, but since I’ve worked in West Brom for the last year or so I am surrounded by people from the Black Country…and the accent is proving contagious. I used to really dislike the Brummy/Black Country way of speaking but I really quite like it now. However, what is in an accent?
I’m from Sheffield. I’ve never had a broad accent but have been fiercely proud of my city and whenever the tones of my speach betrayed my origin I was filled with a warm glow. At some times I have loathed other accents, considered them inferior, particularly when I lived in London and felt like the only northerner out of 9 million people.
But should an accent be forced? You see I’m faced with a dilemma now:
a) Do I let nature take its course and allow whatever accent pours forth to do so regardless of what I sound like and who it identifies me as?
b) Do I supress the Brumminess and very carefully and deliberately cling onto and nurture my Sheffield accent?
I believe it would sound better but is it fake to force yourself to speak in a certain way? Help! Anybody else ever had similar problems? I am from Sheffield and will never forget it, it has made me who I am.