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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentImmigration · 6 months ago

At what point in history did americans stop having British accent?

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  • Axiom
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    6 months ago
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    At the same time they started misspelling the English language.

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  • RICK
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    6 months ago

    Before the Revolutionary War

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  • Foofa
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    6 months ago

    There wasn't one specific point in history when everyone started speaking in the various regional accents that exist in the US now. But this is further confused by virtue of the fact that the British standard (Received Pronunciation, or RP) and the US standard (General American, or GenAm) aren't spoken in either country by everyone (the UK also having its own diverse regional accents). But by the time of the first recorded human voice in 1860 US and UK populations spoke with different patterns. I humbly suggest this has been a gradual thing over the centuries and that there isn't one particular point on the timeline where this became fixed. Interestingly enough Americans on isolated Tangier Island of the coast of North Carolina still speak in a dialect that sounds more British than American. It's called the "Ocracoke Brogue".

    • thomas f
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      6 months agoReport

      Tangier Island is between Virginia and Maryland.

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  • 6 months ago

    That happens quite quickly when you mix people with differnet accents together. People keep their accents if they are around other people who speak like them, so for instance irish people maintain and irish accent in ireland.

    I worked for the British army in berlin for a while and I noticed all the young soldiers had the same accent, which was a mixed working class British accent, and you could not tell where it was form, because it was so mixed.

    The same would have happende in the US, as all the immigrants mixed their accents, and began to speak the same way in regions of the country where they lived togeather for a while

    So it only takes a few years.

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  • 6 months ago

    Languages diverge very quickly in the absence of contact. North Koreans and South Koreans can already not understand one another after only being an (artificially) separated country for 50 years.

    But in addition, there were (still are) many different thousands of regional English accents that came over with the early settlers. You cannot call them British accents of course as there are other languages spoken in the British Isles so I presume 'English accent' is what you meant to write.

    So the real mystery is why on earth Americans call their version of our language English rather than American which would have been the obvious thing to do when they ceased being a colony.

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  • 6 months ago

    It happened on May 13th, 1807.

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  • 6 months ago

    If it wasn't for the help we got from the French, we'd all be eating Toad in the Hole.

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