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On Thu, Apr 23, 2009 at 10:36 AM, Daniel Prohaska
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> “What do Brits think of James Marsters (Spike in "Buffy")? I know he did a
> guest turn on "Torchwood" with a variation of his Spike accent, but I have
> no sense of whether he was convincing.”
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> I didn’t see the “Torchwood” episode with him, but I know him as Spike where
> he attempts to do a punky London accent, but it really is pretty
> unauthentic. Not that the sounds he produced were completely off, but his
> phoneme distribution, the elisions and the intonation were very un-London.
> It was quite noticeably a fake accent all the time. Not that it disturbed
> the viewing much, since “Buffy” and “Angel” are pretty tongue in cheek.

Plus, Spike the character is also faking the accent.  It would hardly
be the native idiolect of someone who grew up in the 18th or 19th
century. :)

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Mark J. Reed <[log in to unmask]>