31 Jan 2024

Why do we put on accents?

From Nights, 9:15 pm on 31 January 2024

English football player Eric Dier got a bit of stick this week after he added a very noticeable German inflection to his accent during an post-game interview following his first match for football team Bayern Munich.

What's going on in the brains of those who mimic the accents of those around them?

We called up Nights resident sociolinguist Dr Julia De Bres from Massey University in Wellington.