well now that I’ve done my mandatory nerding out I should probably put on a bra
at what point in history do you think americans stopped having british accents
Actually, Americans still have the original British accent. We kept it over time and Britain didn’t. What we currently coin as a British accent developed in England during the 19th century among the upper class as a symbol of status. Historians often claim that Shakespeare sounds better in an American accent.
Well, Americans don’t really have the “original British accent” so much as the changes seen in American accents have generally been more conservative since that time period than changes in accents in the UK. Most of the changes seen between modern British accents and modern American accents are probably due to broader adoption of different regional dialects; urban dialects became more widespread in England during the Industrial Revolution, while the US was shaped more by the regions that its settlers came from (which were fairly specific), non-English speaking immigrants, and the more rural nature of the country. And though a lot of people generalize American accents, they’re a lot more specific than you think—for example, despite both my parents being from long-time Texan families, my mother’s and father’s families speak in very different dialects, my mother’s accent being more typical of the gulf states while my father’s family speaks an accent closer to what’s seen up through Oklahoma and Arkansas. There’s also Bayou accents (French-influenced) and Chicano (Spanish-influenced) English in close proximity to where I grew up. And these are all reflective of not only non-English influence (including Native American languages) but also specific groups of people immigrating from England; in the case of the South and Appalachia, the influences are mainly from south and southwest England and the Scots-Irish of Northern Ireland. Different American dialects are characterized by different waves of immigration, which generally came from specific regions in the UK.
If you were comparing, say, a General American dialect and Received Pronunciation against Shakespearean English, I’d probably say the American dialect would come out on top, but the variability among the accents is great enough to where it’d be more accurate to say what region is closest rather than British v. American. And what I’ve seen compares it most closely with a cross between an Irish, Yorkshire, and West Country accent.
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