Brendan Gunn, accent and dialect coach

Tue, 17 Feb 2015 14:26:00 GMT

Accent and dialect coach Brendan Gunn...

.....talks about his work coaching the rich and famous.

BRAD Pitt’s hardcore Irish dialect in “Snatch”…the contrasting English regional tones adopted by the feuding factions in “Game of Thrones”…the subtle blending of RP and Continental accents in films such as “The Illusionist”.  These and many other dialogue strategies in major movies and TV shows have been devised and guided by Brendan Gunn and have stemmed from his background as an academic linguist.  

He is an enthusiastic reader of Babel, the language magazine first published in 2012 that is co-edited by Professors Lesley Jeffries and Dan McIntyre at the University of Huddersfield.  When he gave the inaugural Babel Lecture – marking the publication’s tenth issue – Dr Gunn made frequent reference to key articles in the magazine, which has attracted contributions from many leading experts.  At the conclusion of his lecture he described the magazine as “invigorating and comprehensive”. 

The lecture took place at the University’s newly developed Heritage Quay archive centre.  View the full news story.

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