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Why do Americans (from the U.S, anyway) always refer to "a" British Accent?

Gormur

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From a historical linguistic viewpoint one might note the non-rhoticity in England. You hear it in New England because those settlers came after the transition, like mid 1700s

I've never found out why there exists assimilation of t in North America, so you get an extreme example like [respitory] for respiratory [re-spy-ratory], or words that are homophones because of it

When I had to graduate Kindergarten, I was sad. My teacher was an English lady and she was easy to understand. After that my life was Hel because everybody else talked too fast
 

matt<3ketamine

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Tell me about it, I used to have to go to the parades when I was very young because my gran lives in a 'protestant' neighbourhood, used to really scare 8 year old me, lots of dangerous drunk people, police in riot gear, that wouldn't be normal to anyone else but to us in northern Ireland that's just a tuesday. People that come here from England are normally a bit worried when the see 3 meat wagons going up the street lol
 

RedRum OG

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Much like saying "a southern accent" or "an American accent "There may be a lot of variables but there are also many commonalities that make for easy funny voices/movie characters.

Also a little like saying "south east asian people". I cant tell a Laotion person from a Vietnamese person, but if you're from there, maybe you could. Familiarity sharpens the specifics, ignorance blurs the subtleties and specifics.
 
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