chapter  5
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English resolve themselves into an argument about the respective vices and virtues of an English accent as opposed to an American accent, with something called a Canadian accent roughly in the middle-an ill-defined, pallid thing drifting helplessly about between the two, not knowing where to lay its head. The aim­ lessness of such contention results not only from a failure to define clearly what is being talked about, but also from an attempt to formulate value judgments about matters which are to a large degree social and emotive. It is further complicated by the fact that until recently there was almost no scientific investigation of spoken Canadian, so that even serious observers have had little more to go on than prejudice and the limited ambit of their own personal observation. Thanks in large measure to the work of the Canadian Linguistic Association in focussing attention upon how Canadian English is spoken, it is becoming possible to define at least the dominant tendencies of Canadian pronunciation in relation to the recognized standards of British and American English.