Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Do Americans Speak the Queen's English (or Should that be "King's English"?)?

Ok...I'm sitting here listening to Dennis Prager, who has on as his guest, Paul Johnson, talking about Mr. Johnson's book, "George Washington", and it came out that Paul Johnson claims American pronunciation is much closer to 17th century English accents, because Americans were more conservative in retaining their English accents than their British counterparts were. That it is in fact the British whose accents have evolved. Whaaa-?!? Anyone here a linguist?

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2 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

You mean we got "Y'all from the Brits?

Thursday, October 20, 2005 11:40:00 AM  
Blogger Jaymeister said...

Jack Paar once said that the Brits sound just like us when you wake them up in the middle of the night.

Somehow, Churchill wouldn't have sounded quite as convincing with a mid-western accent.

Thursday, October 20, 2005 9:02:00 PM  

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