What size population is needed to maintain an accent?
September 3, 2012 3:36 AM Subscribe
What size population do you need to maintain an accent?
posted by jjderooy to Writing & Language (10 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
English is spoken with a wide variety of accents (other languages too I understand, but let's just stick to English). And various accents stay fairly consistent over time. So big a population of people do you need to maintain the accent? Anyone got any examples of accents in English that reflect a very small population? And what about the other end - at what point do people think a very large population is likely to split into separate discernable accents? Or am I talking crap?