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This might be impossible to answer, but what does a Corusanti Basic accent sound like? Or a Muunilist or Kuati accent? Is there an established similarity to real-world accents? (Like Corusanti=British accent, Kuati=thick Russian, though those probably aren't true. Lol.) It's for a fan-fiction I'm writing on my user page. And it could make a good article.
Any facts on this?End0 da Baker 02:24, 2 March 2009 (UTC)End0 da Baker
I dunno about the others but Coruscanti is established as a british accent because Obi-Wan has one. NaruHinaTalk 04:42, 2 March 2009 (UTC)
Aayla Secura has a French accent in the Clone Wars tv show, but I'm not sure if thats for all Twi-Leks. Gungans have a sort of African American Accent and Neimoidians have a Asian-American accent. --Mecenarylord 13:25, 2 March 2009 (UTC)
That makes sense. Thank you both. SHould this become an article?--End0 da Baker 20:24, 2 March 2009 (UTC)
FWIW, I think the Gungans are supposed to sound Caribbean, not African-American. They speak a pidgin similar to those used in, say, Jamaica. That's why there was so much controversy over Jar-Jar as an offensive stereotype. ~ SavageBob 01:47, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
To tell the truth, I always thought Jar-Jar had a bad Italian-American accent. Like ending every word with a vowelEnd0 da Baker 15:27, 4 March 2009 (UTC)
I never understood the whole AFrican-American/Jar Jar connection, other than his voice actor. I don't think he has that kind of accent, he really just sounds like a stoner to me, having a kind of incoherant way of talking that varies from person to person. Getting a different voice actor just accentuated that for me, his voice rises and falls. As well, Aayla has been portrayed without an accent before TCW. NaruHinaTalk 12:29, 11 March 2009 (UTC)
Well, there is likely something to the notion of British accents connoting authority, or being the "official" accent of government. Padmé and Leia both swtch to British when speaking in as the Queen of Naboo and Princess of Alderaan, respectively. It seems an intentional stage direction by Lucas, later backed up by Kershner's extreme lengths (including overdubbing American actors where necessary) to ensure that Imperial officers would speak "British". One can even say that Boss Nass is "more British" than Jar Jar, and that Mon Mothma and to an extent Bail Organa have a certain Britishness (let's call it mid-Atlantic-ness) to their accents. Minor figures in the Naboo royal court, as Sio Bibble and Amidala's successor, all speak in a British accent as well, while Naboo security guards do not. I'd even go so far as to say that (helmeted) Vader is more British than Anakin. But it doesn't explain why Obi-Wan would have a British accent, but not Mace, nor why Palpatine would consistently have a British accent throughout (based on Amidala, I would have expected him to speak in an American accent until he became Chancellor).
I'm not sure I buy the notion that British=Coruscanti, as almost all Jedi would have to develop British accents, because they'd been taken to Coruscant in their extreme youth. At the end of the day, there seems to be more evidence that British=government official than that British=Coruscanti, though. We don't really have that many examples of the average man-in-the-Coruscant-streets to make a definitive judgment of that kind. But from Valorum through to Tarkin, government officials quite often don't possess anything like a standard American accent. We might even say that the reason Qui-Gon, Obi-Wan and Ki Adi Mundi feature British accents is that they are often given ambassadorial assignments, which makes them, too, agents of the government-of-the-day. Because of this rather strong association between the government and British accents, it makes perfect sense why Anakin would've chosen a British accent for C3P0. A "protocol droid" would, logically, need it.
All this falls down the further you get from G-level canon, though. Should Plo Koon speak in a British accent in The Clone Wars? Should Kreia speak in a British accent in KOTOR 2? Possibly not. But when you just look at the six films, I think there is a remarkable coincidence of political power and British accent. Here's a thread at the official forums which goes into it more.CzechOut☎ | ✍ 04:42, 12 March 2009 (UTC)
To comment on the article idea, the accents have been covered to a degree in the Galactic Basic Standard article. --Tinwe 09:07, 14 March 2009 (UTC)