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Old March 11 2013, 03:35 PM   #16
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Re: old english accent was closer to American southern accent

Relayer1 wrote: View Post
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) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NqIcbLkY2iY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTfC1BIgTCw

Neither sound that similar to Southern American to me, but linguists can probably hear some commonality.
I thought Ulster Scots was generally reckoned to be the closest as a lot of them settled in what were to become the southern states.



I thought that American English spelling was largely down to Noah Webster, although he might well have revived older variants.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Webster's_Dictionary
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