A linguistic query
December 29, 2012 6:59 PM Subscribe
How long did it take for the United States to lose all traces of a British accent among its citizens?
posted by newfers to Society & Culture (18 answers total) 38 users marked this as a favorite
Upon watching the movie "Lincoln", my wife had an interesting thought. In 1865, wouldn't a lot of folk still have somewhat of a trace of a British accent, and if not, how or why would regional accents have developed in such a relatively short period?
Obviously, "Lincoln" is just a movie, but we wondered if Lincoln himself would have been raised by a family with traces of a British accent or not... how languages and dialects develop regionally is fascinating, and I know so little about how it all works.