Multicultural London English

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Multicultural London English (abbreviated MLE) is a sociolect of English that emerged in the late twentieth century.wikipedia
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It is spoken authentically by working-class, mainly young, people in London (although there is evidence to suggest that certain features are spreading further afield ).
The accent of a 21st-century Londoner varies widely; what is becoming more and more common amongst the under-30s however is some fusion of Cockney with a whole array of ethnic accents, in particular Caribbean, which form an accent labelled Multicultural London English (MLE).


As a result, it can be regarded as a multiethnolect.
Wiese (2006) uses the term German Kiezdeutsch, meaning ‘neighbourhood German’, to refer to multiethnic youth language in Germany.

Ali G

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The satirical character Ali G parodies the speech patterns of Multicultural London English for comic effect.
Ali G is a fictional stereotype of a British suburban male "chav" who imitates urban black British hip hop culture and British Jamaican culture, particularly through hip hop, reggae, drum and bass and jungle music, as well as speaking in rude boy-style English with borrowed expressions from Jamaican Patois.

London slang

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Cockney rhyming slang and Multicultural London English are the best known forms of London slang.


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While older speakers in London display a vowel and consonant system that matches earlier descriptions, young speakers often display different qualities.
In London's East End, some traditional features of cockney have been displaced by a Jamaican Creole-influenced variety popular among young Londoners (sometimes referred to as "Jafaican"), particularly, though far from exclusively, those of Afro-Caribbean descent.

Tag question

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* Innit, a reduction of 'isn't it', has a third discourse function in MLE, in addition to the widespread usage as a tag-question or a follow-up as in [1] and [2] below.
As an all-purpose tag the Multicultural London English set-phrase innit (for "isn't it") is only used with falling patterns:

Attack the Block

The gang protagonists of the film Attack the Block speak Multicultural London English.
US distributors were concerned that American audiences might not understand the strong South London accents, and may have even used subtitles if it were to be released in the United States.

Black British

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langs = English (British English, Black British English, Caribbean English, African English), Creole languages, French, languages of Africa, other languages

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Liese is a comprehensive school student with Lauren and Ryan who displays the typical chav culture look and mannerisms, also speaking Multicultural London English.


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In the 21st Century, traditional Wokingham accents are becoming rare, particularly amongst young people, who are increasingly influenced by the spread of Multicultural London English.

Jenny Cheshire

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She is most known for her work on grammatical variation, especially syntax and discourse structures, in adolescent speech and on Multicultural London English.

List of dialects of English

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Multicultural London (London)

Smiley Culture

Simon Reynolds has often cited this song in his writings, arguing that it presaged the creation of a new hybrid accent in which white East Londoners would adopt many terms of black origin.

Down the Line (radio series)

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Early D begins his calls speaking with a very 'street' sounding "Jafaican" accent which gradually morphs into full-blown, barely decipherable Jamaican dialect. Bellamy never seems to notice.

Interrogative word

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(The English word whether has a similar function but only in indirect questions; and Multicultural London English may use "innit", even in the absence of the pronoun "it".) Such particles contrast with other interrogative words, which form what are called wh-questions rather than yes–no questions.

Regional accents of English

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There is also great variation within greater London, with various accents such as Cockney, Estuary English, Multicultural London English and Received Pronunciation being found all throughout the region and the Home Counties.