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    Wanker Who, what, why: Why did Joey Barton put on a French accent?

    Who, what, why: Why did Joey Barton put on a French accent?


    Joey Barton is yet to become fluent in French




    English footballer Joey Barton has been much mocked for conducting a press conference in Marseille in a French accent. But why do some English speakers put on accents when in other countries?
    Joey Barton has already defended himself after a wave of lampoonery of his accent while speaking to journalists following his league debut for Marseille.
    During Barton chatted to reporters in a French accent worthy of BBC sitcom 'Allo 'Allo! - his neatly-trimmed moustache and head-nodding mannerisms all adding to the spectacle.
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    For many a football fan it evoked memories of the now [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in 2008 when he spoke English in a Dutch accent.
    Barton has yet to offer an explanation but has hinted [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] that he may have used the "Bartonese" - as it has since been dubbed - in jest.


    "It's unlikely that he's doing this with the conscious goal to be liked - or to offend anyone. [But] this is one of the perhaps unintended effects," she says.
    Kim Stephenson, a researcher on the impact of accents, says Brits tend to take one of two approaches - they go "very, very English" or they adopt the accent they are hearing around them.
    He says mostly it is well-meaning and perhaps out of a feeling of self-consciousness that they do not know the language. In short, they overcompensate - hence the mimicking.
    "The trouble is what usually happens is the English don't have much idea of how other languages actually work, so what tends to happen is that in France you end up sounding like [you are in] 'Allo 'Allo!, in Italy like Chico Marx, etc."
    He says mimicking an accent can mean treading a fine line between appearing friendly or offensive.
    "It's either seen as a joke or it's seen as insulting because it doesn't work very well," he adds.
    Stephenson says Barton may have been trying to mimic the speech rhythms or patterns of the French players - and he was probably doing this unintentionally.
    "It may be that if he's hearing lots of broken English with French accents he has subconsciously started to mimic it. But he is probably smart enough that I suspect he must know [what he is doing] and he is just trying to be friendly. It's probably not a good plan," says Stephenson.



    Officer Crabtree represented a high-water mark of French-accented English


    Even if the French don't get the joke, it is unlikely his attempts have made him easier to understand.
    "For most people it's easier to understand someone when the language is very clear. If you start slurring it or changing the stresses and leaving gaps [in sentences] it's harder to understand," says Stephenson.
    But do foreigners adopt accents in the same way as Brits?
    "Speech accommodation is something that occurs in other linguistic cultures as well," says Douglas.
    But a European is more likely to speak another language than a British person thanks to more emphasis on learning. "The reason one might be less likely to hear a German 'putting on' an Italian accent in Italy is that they are likely to be speaking Italian," says Dr Ghada Khattab, lecturer in phonetics at Newcastle University.
    So a word of advice to Barton - and others - is to learn the language, even if just a few token words.

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    Default Re: Who, what, why: Why did Joey Barton put on a French accent?

    Publishers to release ‘Learn French the Joey Barton way’






    From the people who brought you Steve McClaren’s Dutch In Ten Eashy Shtepsh.


    Have you ever wished you could speak a foreign language, but just can’t be arsed to learn? Then English footballer Joey Barton – pronounced Joseef Bahton – has the answer.
    The former Man City and Newcastle midfielder, who is currently on loan at Olympique de Marseille from QPR, amazed the gathered media at a recent press conference after he used the English language to communicate in fluent French.
    “If you think a circumflex involves the use of a scalpel, and a Cedilla is a monster created by nuclear testing then this is the book you’ve been waiting for!” – Piers Morgan
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    With invaluable phrases like, ‘I sink you av speeled ma dreenk, zerefore I weel extuingueesh zis cigar een yur fess’ and ‘Wizzout ze musique life wud bee a mistaque’, Joey will teach you how to enjoy a night out while impressing the locals with your knowledge of Nietzsche.
    Turn your Gallic disdain on match officials. ‘Why you geef me red card? Ees only a dislocated shouldeur ‘ and ‘Zat ball was neffeur out of play – you sink I am sam sort of cont?”
    An ideal gift for native English speakers who think “savoir faire” is a theme park near Bootle. So why not add a certain Je ne sais quoi to your spell in Casualty this Christmas?
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    Also in this series – Emile Heskey’s Bloody Beaut Guide to Australia, Understanding the Wiltshire Dialect with Paolo di Canio and How to speak Los Angelican by David Beckham.

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    Default Re: Who, what, why: Why did Joey Barton put on a French accent?

    he is always on twitter. maybe he learnt it while he had his ban lol

    i must admit was funny when heard him
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