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- Where do accents and dialects come from? 4 answers
Here's something that's always stumped me: If the USA was settled by people fleeing prosecution from the British, why don't we (in present day) speak with British accents? All things considered, the US is still a "young" country - this didn't happen all that long ago. Did the language change that fast? Are the accents we commonly associate with places like Boston or New York City still "remnants" of the British accent?