February 10, 2010 12:20:45
Posted By P & L Blog
Did you every wonder how actors learn the accents they need to use to be convincing in a role? "Talk This Way: The Man Who Makes Hollywood Sound Right" is a fascinating profile of Tim Monich, a dialect coach who has worked with Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, and Leonardo DiCaprio.
What is a dialect?The New Yorker article has this to say: "The way a person talks is called his or her idiolect. A collection of idiolects form a dialect, which is an agreement, common to a place, about grammar and vocabulary and certain expressions." An accent is how we pronounce the words in our dialect.
Were you convinced by Pitt's accent?
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