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Hank Azaria Wants to Get Rid of the Stereotypical Indian Accent

The stereotypical Indian accent has been the subject of much caricature on American and British television for a long time. It is supposed to be funny to westerners, and is also assumed to be humorous to Indians. However, Hank Azaria has expressed interest in getting rid of the stereotype. Hank Azaria has acted as Apu in several movies and has admitted that he would be willing to stop speaking in an Indian accent.
English is an official language of India

The decision of whether or not English is the official language of India is a very important one. Although it is a very technical issue, the decision can be made by any Indian citizen. English is widely spoken across India. During its British rule, India had more than one official language. The British Flag still graces the national flag of New Zealand and Australia.

English is also used for inter-state communication between states. Most communication between Indian states and the central government is in English. As India has a strong regionalism structure, the official language of the states may not always be the same. Some states, such as Arunachal Pradesh, have only English as their official language. English is also used widely in business and higher education. It is also used by certain parts of the Indian government.
It is spoken by millions of people

Millions of people in India speak English as their mother tongue. But their accents may sound very different from the ones of British speakers. An average Indian tongue is bent upwards toward the roof of the mouth. This habit is closely related to Indian language and is hard to break. You can check this for yourself by curling your tongue towards the top of your mouth while speaking a word.

There are two main types of Indian accent. North Indians speak with a non-rhotic accent, while South Indians speak with a rhotic accent. The North Indian accent is often characterized by the use of a voiced postalveolar fricative, while the South Indian accent is characterized by the use of a nasalized /s/.
It has 108 varieties

Indian accents come in many varieties. The south Indian rhotic accent, for example, will pronounce the word ‘water’ as ‘wo.tar.’ Likewise, ‘flower’ will be pronounced as ‘[email protected]’, while ‘water’ is pronounced as ‘wo:tair.’ Both North and South Indians speak with varying accents, and some even use a hybrid dialect of both.

During this experiment, we studied the effect of gender on the total of accents. The results showed that female speakers produced significantly lower scores than male speakers. Gender is an important factor that has a significant impact on the scores of accents, and this was also evident in the bifactorial ANOVA analysis.
It lacks voiced alveolar fricative /z

Indian accents often lack the voiced alveolar fricative ‘z’, which most other dialects have. However, a number of south Indian dialects do use this consonant. For example, water is often pronounced /wo:tar.

Indian English has a pronunciation that lacks the voiced alveolar fricative ‘z.’ The voiced alveolar fricative is often written as a voiceless bilabial plosive (VAFP). In contrast, the Hindi Devanagari script uses a loaned /f/ from Arabic and Persian, and Hindi speakers also lack the voiced alveolar fricative ‘ph’.
It lacks voiced palatal affricate /dZ

Voiceless palatal affricates are absent in an Indian accent. In contrast, these phonemes are present in the cultivated forms of English. The voiceless palatal affricate of Hindi is an apical postalveolar plosive, and the tongue in the Indian accent does not round at the roof of the mouth as it does in English.

The /dZ/ in the Hindi accent is missing, making it similar to the sound of the Persian and Arabic palatal affricates. It is usually produced by stopping airflow in the throat and directing it through a constricting channel.
It lacks the voiced palatal affricate /dZ

The palatal affricate, or voiced /dZ/, is absent in the Indian accent. The voiced affricate is a consonant that has two patterns of alternation. The first pattern is palatal, and the other is velar. These two patterns are connected to two different reconstructed consonants in Proto-Athabascan. The palatalized /j/ is a velar obstruent, and the other is a palatalized /g/. Both are a reflex of the Proto-Athabascan *x.

Most languages of India do not have a voiced palatal affricate, which is the /dZ/ in British English. However, a few exceptions exist. English speakers in Pakistan and Sri Lanka use a palatal affricate in their speech.

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