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Lyse Doucet: she's an excellent reporter, but what is that weird accent she has?

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BiscuitMillionaire Sun 20-Jul-14 22:20:19

I'm always fascinated and a bit distracted by it.

BiscuitMillionaire Sun 20-Jul-14 22:28:40

Just me then.

claig Sun 20-Jul-14 22:39:56

I think it is Acadian

"Did you have to learn a new accent or speech form to work for the BBC International service? Is your accent typical Acadian?

ha ha ! nice accent has been an issue from the day i started..but as the years have gone seems that listeners/viewers have got used to it, and the bbc has become a place of many accent is probably a blend of all the places I have lived in the past 30 years but I still sound like my mother.. :-) "


OddFodd Sun 20-Jul-14 22:42:46

Ha - I looked her up the other month because I finally needed to know where she was from. French Canadian (or Acadian - never knew that!)

NotALondoner Sun 20-Jul-14 23:04:01

I think that about her accent all the time too!

BiscuitMillionaire Sun 20-Jul-14 23:07:54

Wow, never heard of Acadian before.

ssd Sun 20-Jul-14 23:09:36

come on, acadians a made up word grin

claig Sun 20-Jul-14 23:13:27

Yes, it is very interesting. The word cajun comes from acadian

"Cajuns (/ˈkeɪdʒən/; French: les Cadiens or les Acadiens, [le kadjɛ̃, lez‿akadjɛ̃]) are an ethnic group mainly living in the U.S. state of Louisiana, consisting of the descendants of Acadian exiles (French-speakers from Acadia in what are now the Maritimes). Today, the Cajuns make up a significant portion of south Louisiana's population and have exerted an enormous impact on the state's culture.[2]"

The Cajuns came from that part of Canada and were Acadians.

There was a programme about Lyse Doucet's life and career on the World Service or Radio 4 many years ago where she spoke about her roots and career. It was very interesting.

ChanelNo19 Sun 20-Jul-14 23:16:17

I thought she was Irish.

ChanelNo19 Sun 20-Jul-14 23:16:57

just listened to this

treaclesoda Sun 20-Jul-14 23:20:00

chanel that reminds me of Orla Guerin. I always think she has an unusual hybrid type accent, even though I know she is Irish.

treaclesoda Sun 20-Jul-14 23:20:44

Not the video, just the thinking she was Irish.

SwedishEdith Sun 20-Jul-14 23:20:58

Yes I looked her up the other month to find out. Interesting about Cajun and Acadien - the record producer Daniel Lanois is Canadian, I think, and he brought out an album years ago with Cajun music on it. Makes sense now

SwedishEdith Sun 20-Jul-14 23:21:37

I originally thought she was Dutch

donnie Mon 21-Jul-14 11:38:29

Very usual to hear that sort of accent up in areas like Newfoundland etc.

ChanelNo19 Mon 21-Jul-14 11:42:32

She sounds like somebody from Blackrock/stillorgan/Mount Merrion, areas where the speaker is a bit heavier than is typical on their Rs but where vowels sound more 'English' (for want of a better description) than in the rest of Ireland. It's like an April Fool to me to suddenly read that she is Canadian or Acadien!

claig Mon 21-Jul-14 11:59:29

Interesting article about Irish in Newfoundland. The Acadian English accent does seem to have an Irish influence to my ears.

claig Mon 21-Jul-14 12:00:34

Link didn't work should be

donnie Mon 21-Jul-14 13:33:05

nice link claig smile. I have a lot of links to PEI, NFL and Quebec and so many people sound more Irish than the Irish!

BiscuitMillionaire Mon 21-Jul-14 13:42:34

Oh yes, I watched the Shipping News the other day, and there are similarities in the accent in Newfoundland.

BiscuitMillionaire Mon 21-Jul-14 13:43:45

Previously I'd thought maybe a bit Lloyd Grossman.

Quangle Tue 22-Jul-14 16:30:12

Came on specifically to post today about Lyse Doucet. Several times in recent months I've had to stop what I'm doing to listen to her reporting. She's brilliant and under the radar compared to others in the same field. I've just watched her pieces on the BBC website about children and this war. Reduced me to tears - can't find it on my phone to link to but it's pretty obvious on the main site. She talks to a boy in Syria about his life - worth a watch.

poppyknot Tue 22-Jul-14 17:31:35

Very interesting.Also have a notion that Barbara Plett has an accent that makes me listen that bit more..

And agree about LD'Syria reports.

cjbk1 Tue 22-Jul-14 17:34:36

Oooh I heard the Newfie accents in Canada (in Ontario actually) and my Dsis who was living and working there mistook it for Irish the first few times (we grew up in Ireland) it's was quite unusual to my ears

SwedishEdith Tue 22-Jul-14 18:45:46

She is a great reporter. Sue Lloyd Roberts is another one as well as Orla Guerin, of course

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