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the non-rhotic accent was invented by British elites to distinguish themselves from commoners.
originally posted by: CJCrawley
More like the Great Vowel Shift was more far-reaching in blighty than in the colonies.
originally posted by: GorillaSnoop
a reply to: Xaphan
Apparently the non-rhotic accent was invented by British elites to distinguish themselves from commoners.
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