40 Voices Challenge #10

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Young
Man #2 – Lazy Jack

This is a fable collected by James Halliwell Orchard
Phillips.  It came from Yorkshire, and so
for this challenge I’ve decided to narrate with a yorkshire accent.  See what you think about Jack.  I’m not sure ‘lazy’ is quite the word for
him.

The Yorkshire Accent:
In preparing for this role, I learned that:
“u” sounds in such words as “Chuffed” is pronounced “o”.
Words ending in an “ee” sound like ‘butty’ sound like
“eh”
“Oh” sound in words such as ‘know’ is pronounced “oeh”
“Our” becames “aar”

One really good tip was from Amy Walker, who said it really
helped her accent if she tightened her lower lip.  As she points out there is often a mouth
posture to unlock many of the sounds.  The
lower lip does far less of the work.

For Yorkshire, the tone goes up and down quite like the
hills.  Also, like the hills, the tone is
never too harsh, but is rounded and wide.
The tongue also doesn’t come to the front of the mouth as much as
Southern accents.

Here are my references from this challenge:
The fable (text)
Harrison
Fletcher, Accent Tips

Amy
Walker, Accent Tips

Spillage66,
Accent Tag

GoAlybongo,
Accent Tag

Example
of Yorkshire Dialect, recorded in 1989

Post-recording thoughts – I’m pleased with the overall
narration, but some elements were still tricky, such as the word ‘head’, which
never quite fell into place.  Also, I’m
discovering that when I do character voices, I fall out of the accent.  Something to work on, then.

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