Researchers – naturally from Birmingham – have apparently concluded that foreign people find the Birmingham accent “”lilting and melodious”. While I would hate to infer that the researchers from Birmingham University are biased, they are quite simply, wrong.
I detest the Birmingham accent. Can’t stand it. Maybe it’s from 10 years of having Brummie tourists come up to me reeling from hours of cider/beer abuse and asking for a fried rice or whatever. Maybe it’s the mono-tonality of it. Maybe it’s the way that to me, the accent just sounds stupid and dumb in the same way that a long slow drawl of an Alabama accent does – if Einstein had been born in Birmingham, he’d have stayed a patents clerk.
But these are nothing but highly irrational personal prejudicies. No better than someone saying they wouldn’t date a white/black/Chinese person.
With all those caveats though, I still can’t stand the Birmingham accent. Sends shivers up my spine. And not the good kind either.