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Space-Age Speech: How Accent Will Change with Moon and Mars Colonization

Space-Age Humans Will Develop New Accents, Experts Predict
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As humans set their sights on the moon and Mars as future habitats, one expert predicts new space-age accents will emerge.

Feb. 17 2024, Published 2:02 p.m. ET

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As humanity directs its gaze towards the moon and Mars as potential habitats for the future, the cosmos appears poised to become the next frontier in cultural evolution.

One expert anticipates the emergence of new space-age accents as settlements in outer space lead to linguistic transformations.

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Numerous projects are currently underway with the goal of establishing a long-term human presence on the moon, and plans for colonizing Mars are steadily taking shape.

As these ambitious ventures edge closer to realization, researchers are contemplating their potential impact on the intricate cultural fabric of regional groups.

Jonathan Harrington, Director of the Institute for Phonetics and Speech Processing at Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, was particularly intrigued by how these spacefaring settlers might sound.

He suggests that new accents often arise through imitation, as individuals subconsciously incorporate sounds and words they encounter into their speech patterns, Live Science reported.

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To delve deeper into this hypothesis, Harrington conducted a study involving 11 participants: Eight from England, one from the United States Northwest, one from Germany and one from Iceland.

These individuals spent an isolated winter together in a laboratory in Antarctica. During this period, Harrington's team observed phonetic changes in the speech of each participant, alongside the emergence of new sounds produced using different articulatory mechanisms, signaling the onset of a new accent.

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Harrington stated that similar accent shifts could occur in any environment where individuals are confined together for an extended duration, whether in Antarctica or in space.

He predicts that accent alterations in space colonies could manifest within a few months, with Mars colonies potentially experiencing more pronounced changes due to increased isolation from Earth.

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Furthermore, Harrington suggests that the linguistic landscape of these future human societies will be shaped by the languages spoken within them. A predominant cultural presence may influence the accent of the colony, while a diverse mix of cultures could result in a blended accent.

Contrary to expectations, Harrington believes that environmental factors in space are unlikely to significantly impact speech patterns. He emphasizes that an individual's accent is primarily shaped by their regular interactions with a community of speakers.

The study, published in The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, concludes that the "phonetic attributes of a spoken accent in its initial stages emerge through interactions between individuals causing speech production to be incrementally updated.”


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