You may have noticed that many popular musicians sing in American English, even if they are not native American speakers. Linguist David Crystal, in an interview with Noisey writer Dan Wilkenson, thinks the tendency to adopt an American accent while signing goes back to the early days of rock and roll, when Elvis’s influence dominated singing styles. He also states that different types of music call for different intonation patterns, and some simply lend themselves to that musical style. Singers might actually be making changes to their vowels and pitch patterns without realizing that this in turn changes their accent. If you are a music lover who is also interested in working on your American Accent, I suggest finding some of your favorite songs online, and looking for a version with the lyrics displayed as subtitles. You might pick up a thing or two while you sing along.
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