Re: old english accent was closer to American southern accent
Man Afraid of his Shoes wrote:
. . . Have you ever noticed how some people from around New Orleans sound almost like they have New Jersey accents? Was there a lot of French influence up in Jersey?
Don't you mean "Noo Joisey"?
I've always been curious about that similarity, especially the hybridization of the "oi" and "er" sounds in both the NY/NJ and Mississippi Delta accents. How did the same pronunciation arise in two regions a thousand miles apart, with very different cultural influences
Big wheel keep on toinin',
Proud Mary keep on boinin' . . .
they very different cultural influences? I'm betting there's a connection somewhere. That's why I was wondering if there was a heavy French influence in early New Jersey.
Disclaimer - Odds are that I don't actually know what I'm talking about here.