Re: old english accent was closer to American southern accent
I have been told that the different American spellings of written English words is a throwback to older versions of the language. With regard the spoken language, some American accents probably do have close links to older English, but so do some English accents - these are the two often stated to be the most closely related (and one I am very familiar with) :
Neither sound that similar to Southern American to me, but linguists can probably hear some commonality.
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