It's very much written about the Duchess of Sussex in recent months, from speculation about her relationship with other members of the Royal Family to endless discussions about how much a baby is swinging.
Now even her accent has become a topic of debate.
When videos from California-born Megan are shared online, the same suggestion often appears: Did you accept a British accent?
Some speech experts say they can hear a change, but others are not convinced.
"There are occasional vowels that sound a little bit more British."
An example is her more British pronunciation of the word "all" when she met the crowds in Cheshire in June 2018 in comparison to her pronouncement of the same word in her interview for her engagement with Prince Harry in 2017, he said, "The differences are mild," said Dr. Lindsay
Dr. Lindsey, an honorary lecturer in linguistics at the University College London, added that her intonation is more British than American when she asks yes / no: for us? " in a video from Birkenhead in January 2019.
Marissa Brook, an associate professor of linguistics at the University of Toronto, said the Duchess has "developed a style that sounds very English-aristocratic to interact with the public."
The examples she highlighted is the Duchess who says, "I appreciate it," in the same video from Birkenhead (above) in January 2019. "The voice in" this "is back in the mouth, than you would expect for American English, "said Mrs. Brooke, asserting that this may be a consequence of life in South England
Ms. Brook, who has been studying changes in the accent in high-profile figures, says," I think , that much of it is deliberately on her side.
"She has developed a style to use when she speaks directly with the British public
" These are situations where people could appreciate it publicly immediately where it really benefits from it sounding British and aristocratic. "
"If I'm conscious, I do not think this makes her manipulative, or pose, or whatever," says Mrs. Brooke, who attributes every change to the duchess's "unique position."
"She is someone who is very unstable by those who usually join the royal family – it makes a lot of sense." It's not that she changes who she is. "
" It's like changing how she dresses – like an incredibly fantastic outfit .
"I would call it a reasonable resource to take advantage of, given that its change in circumstances is unlikely – and how dramatic it is."
Strangely speaking as the queen
Professor Jane Septer, of the University of Reading, agrees that there is some difference in the pronunciation of the Duchess's voice since she moved to the United Kingdom, but "this is not huge ".
Professor Setter said the crowd "will change things" because of what is called. accommodation when people adapt their speech – consciously or unconsciously – to the people they speak with.
"We all do this to a certain extent – we are talking differently with different people," Professor Setter said.
"In a social role like Megan, where she has to meet with many people and basically make a good impression on them for a short time, the ability to do this is very useful. ] "But it would be strange to take that too far, I do not think British people would accept it if it suddenly started to sound like it was in the EastEnders cast or talks like the Queen. , which is and is important to be true. Speech is part of it. "
Highlights may reflect different things about people, said sociologist Lla Jeffrey, from the University of Essex, not just our
And for someone like the Duchess whose success may depend on the experiments to adapt, changes to the focus can occur naturally and quickly
"Many different factors play a role in adapting, adapting and why," says Dr. Jeffreys. – Someone who has a strong connection with the region in which he grew up and is very proud of his inheritance, for example, may not change the way they speak a lot – even if they move to another part of the country or even abroad .
"However, someone with lots who try to" fit in "or sound like belonging to a new group – British royalties, in the case of Megan – you may find accommodation quite naturally and quite quickly
Can her experience in acting play a role in how easily her accent can be changed?
"Certainly, any potential coach with the accent he has had will make her more aware of the differences – and potentially better imitate them," said Dr. Jeffreys. "But on the other hand, perhaps she has better control than her accent from others, and if she decides she wants, it can remain a steadfast American sound."
But overall, Dr. Jeffreys said he was not she has heard a lot of evidence that the duchess sounds more British.
And Professor Paul Kerslev, a sociologist from York University, is even less convinced, saying, "There is really nothing to go on."
Megan is pretty consistent with its focus … whether it is a "girl from FedEx" in 2011, or an attorney in the courts that same year, "he said
. the term with Harry is the same as the one where I felt that there was a pronunciation
Interestingly, he added that the Duchess's clothes could be the cause of any change in the accent.
"It is proved that appearance, ethnicity and age all influence what we think we hear, even when there is no difference in what is being reproduced in the audio," Professor Kerswick said.
Megan's accent: Examples of American English vs. Standard British
In American English, "all" speaks more like "ol," while Br itons pronounces the word "orl." The duchess uses the more British "when he said " Yes, we all had a good day, I think, "says Dr. Jeffreys. ] With words ending with t, American speakers usually sound finely "t" less, and speakers of standard British English explode "t" – which means you pronounce it loudly , as at the beginning of a word.The Duchess seems to do so, says Dr. Lindsay, when she says "sweet" here and here
questions that require a yes / no answer, such as "are you okay?", Americans usually use an increase in intonation while in the British English field falls and then rises. Dr. Lindsay says the Duchess perceives the British style when she says, "Did you do this for us?"