Date: 2006-12-04 06:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
interesting that in 'coffee' in Oxfordshire accent you can perhaps hear the beginings of what became the New Yorker's 'caw-fee'.

A UK -moved-to-USA friend of a friend reported that her child came home from school one day having leant the two 'o's - the long 'o' as in 'coffee' and the short 'o' as in 'hot', i.e. 'hat cawfee'. Which freaked them out a bit.

I think you do sound bit deeper in person, from what I can remember.

Date: 2006-12-04 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
There are some strong 'American' traits in rhotic/rural English accents, much to some people's surprise. The Penns (as in Pennsylvania) were a Buckinghamshire family, and apparently Wm. had a strong accent when he went over to the Colonies. My childhood accent was a little closer to Bucks, as I lived in South Oxon; it's gained West Oxon (Pam Ayres & The Archers!) influence over time.

LOL@'hat cawfee'.

Yes, I think I probably am deeper in everyday conversation. The phone does funny things to one's manner of speaking...

Date: 2006-12-04 07:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, that's my understanding too. People talked more rural than modern RP at the time of the pilgrims, so the American accents have things in common with rural English accents. Like pronouncing the 'r'. Which towny English Brits then lost.

I was v. impressed by Stephen Fry's Burnley accent on QI a few weeks ago. Spot on. His (Rochdale) Andy Kershaw was impressive too.

Date: 2006-12-04 11:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I read somewhere that current American accent (not sure whether they were talking about a specific one (like, say, Boston) or just a generic "non-accented" American accent) sounds more like 16th-17th century English than current British accents do. I can't remember where I read that, let alone whether or not it was a reputable source, but it was interesting to consider the linguistic implications of the evolution of accents. :-)


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