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I was just discussing this with a friend of mine who is black. She was brought up in New York City, her mother and father were from Mississippi. Her mother's family lived east of New Orleans and have gone back in their family history about four generations to an ancestor who was a slave from Martinique. All of those family members spoke French. The family ...


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There was some discussion about this some years ago because some Brits got upset because it seemed that most of the powerful villain characters (like James Bond villains, ironically) usually had upper class British accents. Many apparently regarded it as some form of anglophobia. More likely, the explanation is that America, as the land of common man, ...


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British English is distinguished? Or more distinguished on balance than US English? I'm not convinced. Also, educated speech is not necessarily high on the articulate spectrum -- at least not as regards phonological articulation. Of course, the problem with measures of 'articulate' is that 'articulate' is going to tend to follow what you were personally ...


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I could listen to Shelby Foote for hours; to my ears the most distinguished American accent I've come across. Video Example



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