- Disambiguation: Diacritic.
Different accents can have prestige, which may vary between different groups.
Accents can be confused with dialects which are varieties of language differing in vocabulary, syntax, and morphology, as well as pronunciation. Dialects are usually spoken by a group united by geography or social status.
People occasionally make the claim "I don't have an accent." What they presumably mean is "I don't have an identifiable regional accent" - which is not quite the same thing. Everybody has an accent of some type - even if that accent is Received Pronunciation or general American.
- Sounds Familiar? — Listen to regional accents and dialects of the UK on the British Library's 'Sounds Familiar' website
- 'Hover & Hear' accents of English from around the World, and compare them side by side.
- The Speech Accent Archive (Native and non-native accent recordings of English)
- "English accents and their implications for spelling reform" John Wells
- I don't have an accent! by Karen Stollznow
- FAQ about Accents
- Mugglestone, Lynda Talking Proper: The Rise of Accent as Social Symbol - Oxford. (At Google Books) and Times Online review