posted on Sep, 5 2010 @ 08:20 PM
I suspect you may have misunderstood some of the material.
Originally posted by Nosred
Part 1: Frozen in Time
When the British began to colonize North America the English accent sort of 'froze' in the colonies. So as the English accent had begun to change
back in Britain, America's isolation caused our accent to change very little. Due to this, the modern American accent is closer to how Shakespeare
would have sounded than the modern British accent is.
Actually, it isn't. As the Wikipedia article says, the melting pot of America meant that many diverse cultures contributed to our accents. The
"rhotic" comment means that we pronounce some consonants in the same way that they did in the 1700's in England -- not that the accent is the
American accents on the East Coast, and in New England especially, sound noticeably similar to the British accent than does the rest of
Actually, Canadian accents are more similar, as are Australian simply because they were under English rule and had English administrators.
The American of the past had a tendency to use nouns as verbs, such as interview, advocate, corner, and torch. These are now common parts of
American English. Some words with American origin were formed by altering existing words. Some of the words created this way include sundae, phony,
buddy, and pesky.
This sort of assumes that the English (and speakers of other language) don't do this, when in fact they do. People in less educated areas use
language in a manner that they don't in a place where they have been taught "proper language."
There are more regional accents than Wikipedia is acknowledging. Here in Texas, we can generally distinguish the East Texas accent (similar to but
not the same as the Louisiana accent.) Folks in Dallas have a different Texas accent than those in El Paso. Native Americans have a very distinctive
(but subtle) accent which can sound Western-ish but isn't.
Television has tended to homogenize many accents around the world, but if you listen (particularly in small towns) you can find very charming examples
I would like to recommend linguistics material by a writer (and PhD Linguist) who writes the most entertaining blogs ever -- Suzette Hayden Elgin.
Here's a link to her old posts on an introduction to linguistics: