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Accent (language)

An accent is the perceived peculiarities of a speaker's, or a group of speakers', pronounciation.

For native speakers, accent is one of the components of a spoken variety, as a dialect. See also: Distinguishing accents in English.

A foreign accent is marked by the phonology of other languages (or one other language) which the speaker of an acquired language unconsiously interpret as identical with the phonemes of the spoken language; i.e. the phonology of the spoken language seems modificated by the phonology of another language, more familiar to the speaker. See also: Non-native pronunciations of English.

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