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    I'd heard that from my aunt before... kind of like the spanish in spain changed AFTER the new world was populated
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    I thought it was cool. I love learning about how accents have evolved and changed.

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    This is a common and well-known trend in imperial/colonial states: the metropole experiences the more drastic changes in pronunciation, while the outlying territories are much more conservative in their language progression.

    An interesting result is that you can construct a fairly descriptive linguistic history of the United Kingdom just by looking at settlement patterns: Northern North America represents the English south ca. 1720, the American South represents Scots English ca. 1800, Australian English represents working-class accents ca. 1830, and South African English represents bourgeoisie accents ca. 1870.

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    Some Southern accents are non-rhotic as well. I'm a non-rhotic speaker myself--I find it very difficult to say the 'r' in words like 'guard'.

    That article was great--thanks!

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    *tries to say "guard" without pronouncing the "r"*
    *fails*
    *sounds like a poor imitation of a British accent*

    Very interesting article!
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