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Mr. Tea

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A friend of mine who teaches linguistics told me that Chaucer probably sounded a bit like a modern (to be vague) American. And that the American accent (sorry to be vague) is closer to how middle english sounded than the modern English accent.
Yeah, I've heard this before. The idea that some pronunciations changed in British English but were preserved in the USA. And the idea that "gotten" is an Americanism when it used to be standard English.

I think it's crazy how far the Aussie and Kiwi accents have diverged from British English in such a short time. I guess you can hear a lot of Cockney in Australia accents but the accent in NZ sounds almost like a cross between Aussie and South African.
 

luka

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London accents have changed massively in my life time and when I listen to the Brooklyn drill stuff it makes me think New York accents have been mutating too
 

Corpsey

call me big papa
I guess with globalisation in full swing (until COVID, at least) we should expect accents to change at a faster rate than they ever did before.

OTOH, with everyone occupying the same cyberspace, perhaps there's less scope for regional eccentricity?
 

luka

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television was considered to homogenise accents. im not sure the internet will have the same effect necessarily.
 
television was considered to homogenise accents. im not sure the internet will have the same effect necessarily.
It does. it is happening. how could it not? more of a noticeable change in use of phrases and template craic than pronunciation like British people say y'all and ass now because of the internet
 

luka

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yeah you lot have gone on and on about that. but thats typing not speech.
 
The participatory aspect of the internet speeds up homogenisation, the virtual equivalent of listening to an audio lesson vs going to a country and interacting with the natives
 
It's happening to us all to varying degrees. I've caught myself saying "sure" and "cool" when i mean "alright". Disgusting. Until I was maybe 16 we never said yeah we said aye but now I say yeah all the time. Whole world is going to shit lads.
 
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