Why Do American Accents Sound That Way? Have you ever wondered why accents sound as they do?
Some think that there is such a thing as an American accents, however there are very divers accents all across North American that clearly disprove the idea of a single accent.
There are also many variations among immigrant populations that almost form dialects within the language.
American English (variously abbreviated AmE, AE, AmEng, USEng, en-US), also called United States English or U.S. English, is the set of varieties of the English language native to the United States.
English is the most widely spoken language in the United States and is the common language used by the federal government, considered the de facto language of the country because of its widespread use. English has been given official status by 32 of the 50 state governments.
As an example, while both Spanish and English have equivalent status in the local courts of Puerto Rico, under federal law, English is the official language for any matters being referred to the United States district court for the territory.
The use of English in the United States is a result of British colonization of the Americas. The first wave of English-speaking settlers arrived in North America during the 17th century, followed by further migrations in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Any American English accent perceived as free of noticeably local, ethnic, or cultural markers is popularly called “General American“, described by sociolinguistWilliam Labov as “a fairly uniform broadcast standard in the mass media”, but otherwise there is not a mainstream standard English of the country, according to historical and present linguistic evidence.
According to Labov, with the major exception of Southern American English, regional accents throughout the country are not yielding to this broadcast standard.
On the contrary, the sound of American English continues to evolve, with some local accents disappearing, but several larger regional accents emerging and advancing.
Peter Drucker once said that, “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.”
Furthermore, one of the pre-suppositions of NLP states that ‘you cannot, not communicate – everything you say and most of what you do will communicate something, so the idea of radio silence, can have the effect of turning the sound right up.
People often, mistakingly, imagine, that by doing nothing, they can avoid personal responsibility in communication, but, I am sorry to say, this just isn’t true, non-action is not an option, as it will be interpreted in some way by the listener(s).
The Six Nations Rugby tournament starts on Saturday 4 February with the first match with Scotland v Ireland from Murrayfield, followed by England v France from Twickenham.
This year’s tournament promises to be a good one after the autumn internationals where Scotland showed a marked improvement with matches against Australia, just losing by one point and then beating Georgia and Argentina.
Who can forget the performance that Ireland put in to beat New Zealand and then beating Australia?
Everyone (as always) will want to beat England – last year’s Grand Slam winners and on a roll of 14 matches unbeaten record after 3 wins in Australia in the summer of 2016.
It looks to be a wide-open tournament – let’s get in the mood with some of those spine-tingling anthems.
Who do you think will win?
Can you predict the match scores?
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