Date: 2006-12-04 06:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bopeepsheep.livejournal.com
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] jackfirecat.livejournal.com
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] thidwick.livejournal.com
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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