The Queen’s English could soon become a thing of the past as immigration gradually affects the way we speak.
Linguists have predicted the ‘th’ sound could disappear from speech within 50 years due to the number of foreign visitors who cannot pronounce it.
A study suggested urban such as Multicultural London English (MLE) – which incorporates pronunciations from Caribbean, West African and Asian communities – will spread across regions.
In fifty years, regional accents could be wiped out by technology, according to a new report.
Keyboards will have become and we will become completely comfortable speaking to our cars, washing machines, fridges, taxi apps and online banking services. Experts have said speech will become the main way we interact with machines, and through this process accents will evolve. The research, for HSBC, suggests conversations with virtual reality assistants, such as the iPhone’s Siri, will influence speech patterns and erase regional accents.
HOW ACCENT WILL CHANGE
Key changes anticipated over the next 50 years include shortening of words and simplification of pronunciations as people strive to make talking as easy as possible, the researchers said.
Tex would replace text, or vex for vexed and think is becoming fink.
According to a report, a preference for informal, chatty and jokey language in the technological and scientific domains is a recent , but it’s one which makes these areas seem more accessible and less po-faced, and we are likely to see more and more of it.