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July 08, 2014

Have An Accent?

I have to admit that accents have always been a mystery to me. I live on the West Coast of North America where most of us have what is called a 'flat' accent.

Supposedly news anchors of national news broadcasting stations spend time here to...

...moderate their native accents.

We have what might be called a mid-range, generic accent.

That might be true. But why? And where did it come from?

And, if the United States started out as a British colony, why don't US citizens speak with anything like a British accent?

The Australian accent is supposedly derived from the Cockney accent of a century or more ago.

But where did the American accent come from?

Lots of people have studied this question. Here is a link to a recent column - http://mentalfloss.com/article/29761/when-did-americans-lose-their-british-accents.

What do you think?

And if you are wondering what kind of accent you might have, check out this article and take one of these quizzes and see whether your accent is Australian, American, Canadian or British - http://www.slate.com/blogs/lexicon_valley/2014/07/07/_7_best_dialect_quizzes_is_your_accent_american_british_canadian_australian.html.

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

Posted by mmorf at July 8, 2014 10:21 PM

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