Fascinating, never knew this, good stumble
the west country accent in england is still very "rhotic"
in history America's founded by english
Ha, had never even thought of this question before. I like reading about history so this was a good Stumble for me.
So if you want to hear what an American sounded like in 1776 talk to an Ontario Canadian. The Oxford Dictionary of Canadian English tells us that the Canadian anglophone accent was established by the arrival of the United Empire Loyalists. The UEL were a large group of Americans who wanted to keep their loyalties to the crown and were forced to abandon their holdings and move to Upper Canada.
It really fits... a basic Canadian English accent is rhotic but sounds a bit British to American listeners.
Did the Italian, Polish, Irish, Scottish, German and numerous other European immigrants not have any effect on "American English"? This article acts as though the British were ousted, yet somehow America remained free from any other influences.
Have to agree with dolphy245. A little more of a summarisation of the important facts might have been appropriate.
Was aware of this.
Yes, you make reference to the fact that there are many local dialects yes, yet you refrain from acknowledging to what degree and how many of these accents have changed very little over time.
Take Brummie or Scouser or Geordie. Many of these accents and dialects can be seen as having changed only very slightly over centuries via studies of local texts. This is a foolish article that ignores enormous amounts of information regarding dialect and accent.
Regardless of your overall point which has some validity within, it is ignoring masses of information to conveniently get to its somewhat insignificant point.
"There is no such thing as the Queen's English. The property has gone into the hands of a joint stock company and we own the bulk of the shares." --Mark Twain
Brits have the accents, not us.
Definitely puts things into perspective. I never thought of this question, but it does make sense. Great article.
Good to know especially if you know snooty English people
It makes me cringe every time I hear the words British accent.
I really enjoyed the link that he gave for The Cambridge History of the English Language: English in North America. This is going to be one of my must-reads.
Is your English accent rhotic or non-rhotic? Read this article to find out: http://su.pr/1FluiC
I am an avid student of dialects - interesting wee article about the differences and evolutions of American / British dialects.
dont you have something LESS relevant to write about?