On another board I post on someone wrote this:
Then he said:I recently heard some British historian discussing American and British history. And he said something that I found interesting. In colonial times, the Brits spoke like we speak now. Our accent is a British accent. We brought this accent to America with us, and kept it. I suppose because they're so much smaller, a smaller population, they're susceptible to these kinds of cultural changes at a greater rate. Whereas we are like a massive lumbering ship that can't maneuver so quickly.
And I really disagreed.The accent that the pilgrims brought to America with them, is a lot like how Americans speak today. That's the point. It's how Europeans spoke back then. Because Britain is vastly smaller, with a much smaller population, these kinds of changes are amplified and accelerated.
I can't think of any dialect or accent back then or now that was anything like or could have evolved that quickly into what we now know as the American accent.
Over the Easter break