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Why doesn't Canada have more regional English-language accents?
posted by orange swan to Society & Culture (43 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
In Canada, to the best of my knowledge, there are only two English-language accents — the Newfie accent and the Peter Jennings accent everyone else has. My Albertan relatives and a guy I dated who was from Yellowknife sound exactly like Ontarian born-and-bred me.
In the U.S., by contrast, there are so many, many accents that even some cities have their own, and New York alone has several.
Why is this? Is our population simply not big enough? After all, how many accents would the U.S. have if it only had one-tenth of the population? Perhaps the various regions aren't populous enough so that they can mostly interact just with each other and so develop a particular accent?
Hope this isn't too open-ended a question, but I figured there must be some specific criteria/conditions necessary to the development of a regional accent.