Vowel Sounds and Consonant Sounds Using Inflection Using Intonation and syllable stress Pausing for effect Reducing Rate of SpeechAccent neutralization, also known as elocution, is a systematic approach used to learn or adopt a newaccent. It is the process of learning the sound system (or phonology) of a language or dialect. Themethodology involves several steps, which include identifying deviations in the person's current speechfrom the desired accent (such as pronunciation, speech patterns, and speech habits), changing the wayyou use your mouth, teeth, and tongue to form vowel and consonant sounds, modifying your intonationand stress patterns, and changing your rhythm. Using this method, individuals such as those mastering asecond language may alter their speech to more closely resemble the accent of a certain group of people, and thus enhance the clarity of their communication with those people.
Types of accent neutralization
Two distinct types of accent neutralization coaching are available: the type of coaching targeted attelemarketers generally focuses on helping people to say scripted speech with a more "native-like"accent, while the type of coaching typically offered to business people is usually geared towardsassisting people to minimize miscommunication in spontaneous, conversational speech.The reason that this distinction is important is that while it is sometimes possible for adults to saylimited pre-rehearsed phrases with little or no accent, most experts agree that adults cannot learn tospeak with no foreign accent in live, everyday speech. Therefore, a person who receives coachingtargeted at scripted situations will sometimes achieve very good results when reading from a script, butwill not usually improve in real, everyday speech.On the other hand, a person who receives training targeted at everyday speaking situations willexperience neutralization in miscommunications in live, speaking situations. When choosing an accentcoach, it is important to pick a coach who understands the type of coaching needed.
Accent neutralization training
Accent neutralization is offered by various certified speech-language trainers, pathologists, linguists andspecialists in ESL (English as a Second Language). In the United States, they are promoted by variousorganizations including the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Voice & Speech TrainersAssociation and Accent neutralization Training Academy. Accent neutralization training is available in avariety of ways: through workshops, seminars, classrooms, software, online software products, over thephone, over webcam, through books and recordings, and on a one-on-one basis.