New ‘TikTalk’ Accent May Soon Be a Part of the English Language

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It’s not uncommon for language to change over time. Words like ‘texting’ have been added to the English language altogether. Other terms, such as ‘flex’ have changed their meaning. Now, it appears that a new accent will become a part of the English language, and it’s all thanks to TikTok.

The TikTalk Accent

The accent, which seems to be stemming from the social media app TikTok, is being referred to by experts as ‘TikTalk’ and is “the future of the English language.” Although it’s solely named after the app, it’s worth pointing out that TikTok isn’t the only thing responsible for TikTalk. The accent is also used by A-list celebrities, such as Kim Kardashian, Katy Perry, and Ariana Grande.

An Expert’s Opinion

Christopher Strelluf is a linguistic professor at Warwick University who has pinpointed the qualities prominent in the TikTalk accent. According to him, this accent contains “up talk” and “vocal fry.” If you noticed that all of the celebrities who are being labeled as promoters of the accent are female, you’re not the only one. Strelluf pointed out, “In almost all studies of language change, the innovators of language seem to be young women – spread through use by young women. In general, the way young women use language is the future of the way language evolves. So any changes we hear from young women are probably the future of English.”

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Let’s all try to remember that with great power comes great responsibility. For example, the responsibility to not make an annoying accent a permanent part of the English language.