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Accents of the English, and Pilgrims. watch

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    On another board I post on someone wrote this:

    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.
    Then he said:

    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.
    And I really disagreed.
    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.

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