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Old May 29 2013, 11:11 PM   #16
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

Think of all the people in America who speak English, without a "English" accent. Or who speak Spanish, but not as a Spaniard would.

Just because someone spoke a African language on the show, doesn't mean they are speaking it just like they would in "the old country.

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Old May 30 2013, 01:51 AM   #17
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

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Just because a black person speaks with an accent doesn't mean they have an African accent. As Carcazoid said, it's a big continent. As Dale said, this includes Sudanese and Egyptians.
Wouldn't people who were natives of Egypt and the Sudan have African accents?

Africa has about a hundred major indigenous languages, and in total over three thousand.

That was exactly my point. People were pointing to M'Benga or the black admiral from TNG Season 5 and thinking they must have an "African" accent. As you pointed and Carcazoid pointed out, it's a big continent. Just what exactly is an "African" accent?

This is my whole complaint with the whole PC term "African-American" used to describe someone who is black. Seems kinda bigoted or racist to me to label all the people with the same skin color (heck, it's really multiple shades of color) as "African-American" to the exclusion of Egyptians, Moroccans, Sudanese or even white people born and raised in South Africa.

Now, I have to think at least "in-universe" that the illusion Uhura saw in "The Man Trap" was probably supposed to be speaking Swahili like a native. And, since Uhura was supposed to be from Africa, that probably means an "African" accent, LOL. Of course, odds are that was an American actor. Since that's my only exposure to Swahili, I have no idea what the accent sounds like.
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

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The actress who played Bashir's mother is Egyptian by birth.
And she's not what you'd call a professional actress. She's a professor of anthropology, and accomplished in public speaking, but she got the gig because she fitted the age and cultural background they were seeking for Mrs Bashir when no actresses in that category were available from the Screen Actors' Guild.
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Re: Was there ever a charcter speaking with an African accent....

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Africa is a continent. Which country? Which language? Dialect?

It's a big question you're asking there, bub.
Not so big if there are only three or four answers on hand...
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