A truly MINDBLOWING lesson on the origin of American Southern accents.
The gif could not be more perfect in describing what just happened.
yay historical linguistics!
I SHOWED THIS TO true-blue-brit!
what’s really interesting is that americans, particularly southern speakers, now are thought to sound more like shakespeare would have sounded than the english now sound (usually like queen’s english is what we think of as shakespeare
This is what a linguist explained to me some years ago about English in the South, much to my surprise. It is interested to hear these theories again.
Interestingly, the Australian accent developed in a rather similar manner. While we as a nation adopted received pronunciation, our accents are a lot more drawly than our British counterparts.
Along with my interest in writing, I’ve recently become obsessive with language. So this… I love it.