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‘Peppa Pig’ blamed for slew of children with British accents

Published:Wednesday | July 21, 2021 | 10:56 PMBANG Bizarre, A Digital Integration & Marketing production

Parents across the United States claim that children are acquiring British accents because of 'Peppa Pig'.

The children's TV series has gained popularity around the world during the COVID-19 crisis and some parents have claimed that their offspring have adopted the Received Pronunciation (RP) English accent.

A father in California explained to the Wall Street Journal that his daughter mimics Peppa so much that she calls gas stations 'petrol stations' and has switched from cookies to 'biscuits'.

'Peppa Pig' production company Entertainment One said: "Young Peppa fans see her as a friend... and, as we do with friends that we admire, pick up some of their characteristics."

New York University linguistic expert Dr Lisa Davidson believes that kids are mimicking Peppa's accent simply because they like the show.

She said: "Kids at that age are certainly aware of those types of differences and can mimic them, too." 

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