5 things you never knew about your accent The British Library's Shakespeare Original Pronunciation CD features speeches and scenes that claim to be performed as Shakespeare would have heard them, and reveals several instances of wordplay that only make sense when said aloud in the accent of Shakespeare's contemporaries.
What it also reveals is how close 16th century English accents sounded to modern American ones. When the first settlers came to America from Britain, their accents were the same as those from their original home, but over the centuries ways of speaking on ray ban 3342 both sides of the pond evolved in different ways. It's thought that Received Pronounciation the traditional "cut glass" English accent only emerged relatively recently, in the 19th century. 2. "Fall" is a British way of saying autumn In America, "fall" is the accepted term for the season of the year containing golden leaves, crisp mornings and Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks. Brits call it "autumn". In the 16th and 17th centuries, when migration from Britain to America was growing, both "fall" and "autumn" were common and interchangeable terms in Britain for the months between summer and winter, as was "harvest". "Fall" has Anglo Saxon roots and "autumn" comes from Latin. At some point during America's growth as a separate nation, European settlers came to use "fall" more commonly, ray ban prescription sunglasses while in Britain "harvest" came to have a specific, agricultural meaning and "autumn" gradually became the name of the season. 3. We say "tomato", Bostonians also say "tomato" It's often said that the biggest difference between a British accent and an American one is rhotacism; words in British English have a flat "r" sound, while in American English the sound is rolled. Of course, this often isn't true, as accents within Britain and America vary so widely. New York and Boston accents, for example, have a flat "r" sound, while Cornish, Scottish and some West Midlands accents are among those in the British Isles to retain the rhotic "r". 4. Why do people sound American when they sing in English? Brits, Canadians, Scots, Australians. ray ban black usually, if they're singing pop music, they're singing it in an American accent. Linguists disagree over why this might be, but there are several theories. One is that when you sing, you stretch and contract the length of your vowels to fit the rhythm. As rock'n'roll music developed first in America among singers with American accents, the musical patterns lead singers to make their pronunciation sound more like those original American accents. Another theory is that as singing makes you elongate your vowels and stops you from stressing syllables as strongly as you do in speech, a ray bans on sale pop singer simply sounds more "neutral" than someone speaking in, say, a New Zealand or Irish accent. This "neutral" accent happens to sound more like a generic American accent. Alternatively, non American pop singers could just be putting it on so they appeal more to listeners in the United States. After all, singers such as Lily Allen have no problem sounding like a Brit on their records. 5.
The most common English accent English is spoken worldwide by around 840 million people, and is the third most spoken global language after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. It's the mother tongue of 335 million people, and a second language for a further 505 million. As most English speakers don't speak the language natively, that means the most common English accent in the world is probably what is known officially, if imprecisely, as "international English".
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