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Where do accents and dialects come from?

I have heard a lot about US and UK differences in spellings and their accents but then why are there differences? What's their origin?

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Can you show us some research effort? –  Kris Jan 17 '13 at 9:38
    
Have a look at the linked question, and the related questions linked from there. –  RegDwigнt Jan 17 '13 at 9:49
    
Too bad, I was about to post an answer :P –  SingerOfTheFall Jan 17 '13 at 9:50
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Such difference in almost all the things (not only languages) arises due to various factors like Governing body, Media, culture of society etc. Wiki has an interesting article on these lines http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_American_and_British_English

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