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When did modern accents develop, in particular in the united states? For how long have there been regionally identifiable accents? Did George Washington etc. speak with American accents or British ones or something in the middle?

What is your accent - post a phrase to show us how it sounds!
#3
I have a South African accent - I'd rather not record it since I have a very indecipherable voice.
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#5
I think that George Washington and his contemporaries sounded more like the British then current day Americans.

Also I think accents (and changes in language) occur from generation to generation. This newest generation (kids 3 to 4 years old) are already saying things like Dude, man, chill, using technology related terminology that I never saw as a kid. As they grow up they will develop new vocabulary for that kind of thing. By the time they are my age I probably will not be able to understand them.

This is me:

Slight Texan accent

use stuff like y'all, fixing to, yup, s'ppose so, etc.
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#9
Hmmmmf, I could have a Dutch accent: kan I orrderr sum tea frrom yoouu?

Or something like that...

EDIT: the 'r' is really strong and harsh.
#11
i'm a geordie, and no, i won't say 'byker grove' or 'whey aye man'.
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I don't sound very Northern a lot of the time but when I do.... oh dear
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When did modern accents develop, in particular in the united states? For how long have there been regionally identifiable accents? Did George Washington etc. speak with American accents or British ones or something in the middle?

What is your accent - post a phrase to show us how it sounds!



Regional accents have been around forever. Using English as the basis, take a look at the UK. You have English, Scottish, Welsh & Irish accents. The same land mass (except Ireland), yet 4 very different variations of the same language. Then you have differences between Class & education levels - Upper & Lower, Highlands, Lowlands, Monarchs, educated etc etc - Now imagine a bunch of people thrown together from all of these backgrounds, and have them settle in a new land - US, Australia - In a very short period of time they're all mixed together, as well as the introduction of other variations from other Euro immigrants (Italians etc).

It's a constant melting pot, and it will constantly change. Accents arn't set for life. Even adults accents change when they relocate. It's just a natural adaption/progression. People speak differently now than those in their place 50 years ago, and people 50 years from now will have differing accents to the 'now' generation.
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i'm a geordie, and no, i won't say 'byker grove' or 'whey aye man'.




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I have a Chinese accent that's slightly mixed in with a British one. No, I will not post a sound clip
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i'm a geordie, and no, i won't say 'byker grove' or 'whey aye man'.


Hahahaha. I bet you adore that programme, are you friends with Ant or Deck?

I'm from Somerset, and the west country accent is one of the greatest ever conceived, but unfortunately I don't have one, I'm a bit of a posh cunt, really, so I speak properly.
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I have a Chinese accent that's slightly mixed in with a British one. No, I will not post a sound clip


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stfu

lol!
I've got a really screwed up mix of accents. Its about 30% american, 40% english n 20% irish!
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I live in Wisconsin, but I was born a Yooper.

I don't have a blatant Wisconsin or Yooper accent. I do, however, say bubbler.
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I live in Wisconsin, but I was born a Yooper.

I don't have a blatant Wisconsin or Yooper accent. I do, however, say bubbler.

whats a yooper?
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I have found that the British accent isn't really an accent as much as it is proper pronunciation of the English language and use of phonetics. For example in England, the word "bait" is pronounced exactly like it is spelled, the "a" and "i" form a dipthong making a long "I" sound, this is pretty easy for learners. However in America we would pronounce that like "beit" while it is still spelled "bait" and technically should be pronounced "bite." I don't know, that is just the conclusion I came to and I could give many other examples, and of course English is far from being phonetic, but it seems British English is much more phonetic than American.
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i have a southern accent, so no i don't have an accent. everyone sounds different around here.

but that might be the same as saying people from a different ethnicity all look the same which does happen sometimes.

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Manc accent is best in the world

haha. No it's not.
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I have found that the British accent isn't really an accent as much as it is proper pronunciation of the English language and use of phonetics. For example in England, the word "bait" is pronounced exactly like it is spelled, the "a" and "i" form a dipthong making a long "I" sound, this is pretty easy for learners. However in America we would pronounce that like "beit" while it is still spelled "bait" and technically should be pronounced "bite." I don't know, that is just the conclusion I came to and I could give many other examples, and of course English is far from being phonetic, but it seems British English is much more phonetic than American.


No such thing as THE British Accent.

And, I dunno what accent I have really. It's not really Manc, and I live in Oldham anyway, which has a different accent. I'd post a clip, but I have no idea where to host it. =P
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whats a yooper?

A Yooper is someone from the UP of Michigan. Most people there pronounce the 'U' as 'Yoo'.
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There's already a sound clip of my accent for that thread where we had to read out a set phrase
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A Yooper is someone from the UP of Michigan. Most people there pronounce the 'U' as 'Yoo'.


I'm confused. Isn't U pronounced Yoo anyway?
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Someone should make a British accent-off, but instead of just British accents, all accent would be acceptable.
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#33
^^ So basically, you're saying we should have an Accent-off?
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^^ So basically, you're saying we should have an Accent-off?

... Yeah, that's essentially what I was saying.
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... Yeah, that's essentially what I was saying.


Sounds good. I'd take part, but what if nobody liked my voice? =/

I don't think I could handle that kind of rejection.
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Quote by AlleWarten
I have found that the British accent isn't really an accent as much as it is proper pronunciation of the English language and use of phonetics. For example in England, the word "bait" is pronounced exactly like it is spelled, the "a" and "i" form a dipthong making a long "I" sound, this is pretty easy for learners. However in America we would pronounce that like "beit" while it is still spelled "bait" and technically should be pronounced "bite." I don't know, that is just the conclusion I came to and I could give many other examples, and of course English is far from being phonetic, but it seems British English is much more phonetic than American.
I see what you're saying. I can't agree that one accent is phonetically correct and most others are incorrect. Seeing as whatever accent somebody has, they perceive as the right pronounciation, nobody can really be wrong.

Also, I myself am from the midwest, but don't have the typical midwest accent (which nobody in my area has).
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Quote by Glimsom
Sounds good. I'd take part, but what if nobody liked my voice? =/

I don't think I could handle that kind of rejection.

Well, it wouldn't show who was last, but it would just have the top 10 who the judges voted best.
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#39
I'm from Newcastle but I speak in 'BBC English'.

At the start of the year in 6th Form I was constantly being asked where I was from >.>
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There's a BBC page where there's accents from all over the UK. Surprisingly, the village I live in (Coxhoe) has had recordings made from there. You can listen to my accent here.
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