Letter to Readers


You’ve just found my blog, The Transatlantic Accent: A History and How-To Guide to Sounding “Old-Timey.” I am an Undergraduate English major, and I created this blog for my final project in my American English class at K-State. It is a linguistics course meant to teach students about the accents of the United States. My project was a month-long accumulation of research and analysis in order to teach other people about one piece of America’s wide linguistic history and variety of accents.

I chose to write about the transatlantic accent because I’ve always had a deep fondness for history, and in particular the WWI and WWII eras. To me, the transatlantic accent is the auditory thumbprint of the time period because of its extensive use in film and radio programs, and I love the not-quite-British sound of it. Its associations with high-class distinction and theater make it a perfect accent to adopt for fun or reenactments.

To begin learning about the transatlantic accent, see the lessons tab. I’ve broken down the complex features of the transatlantic accent into five simple steps. The information presented is by no means complete, especially compared to the extensive resources available to professional students, but it should give new learners the groundwork to have fun and begin to understand how accents work.

Please enjoy reading my blog. I had fun learning about the transatlantic accent, so I hope you will too.


Stephanie Wallace

P.S. To really get in a 1930-40’s mood, I recommend listening to this playlist on YouTube by Café Music BGM channel as you read my lessons. It’s just jazz and bossa nova, so it’s not technically 40’s music, but I enjoy the classy sound and it helped me create this blog.