Posted by P. Bingham on April 22, 1998 at 01:36:50:
In response to American accents..., written by Hilary on April 21, 1998 at 21:07:39
Americans did have regional accents by this time, quite enough to differentiate them from the British, they had been evolving for some 170 years or so (forgot the dates). New England's was very distinctive and so, of course, was the southern dialect by then. Just 50 years later the southern dialect was quite heavy, it would be hard to believe that this accent was not already evolving fifty years before. However, you may not quite recognize them now, or rather, you can recognize them from the region but it would still sound strange. Just seeing old films or radio shows can show you how much our accents have changed over this century alone. Also, consider that America was still very young at this period and was still experiencing a great deal of immigration. This immigraion meant two things, that you would have a great deal of people speaking with their native accents and that these native accents were still to influence our own American dialects.
- something just occured to me... P. Bingham 18:22:37 4/23/98 (0)
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