You haven't seen much British television, have you? Just about every one of the shows has had an "American" on it...typically, the actor playing the part blunts his speech affect (i.e. doesn't enunciate every syllable, speaks in slow and measured tones) and may speak in a Southern or Texas drawl (because they are easier to mimic than what Americans consider regular American speech). Then there's the new Fox show "House" starring Hugh Laurie, a British actor of some renown. His American accent is quite flawless (and having seen him in "Jeeves and Wooster" and "Black Adder", I can tell you that he has a pronounced British accent so he's doing a heck of a job on "House" keeping up appearances).Dirty_Zulu said:I've never heard a Brit trying speaking American accent. More often the other way around.
Have any of you non-Americans mimicked a American accent?
Not true.Necrolestes said:(i.e. Boston accent, Southern drawl, Pittsburgh accent, Texas drawl) and no one from those regions can hear that they have an accent. Only a non-native can hear the speech and vocal differences between their own speech and that of the native speaker.
Sokar Rostau said:In some southern States the accent is not derived from another language so much as a lack of education and a general low literacy in the past, so you have words like creature that become corrupted into critter and negro becoming corrupted into...well you know what that became. It's interesting that this low education connection is maintained given that whites (the 'educated') are not allowed to use that word but blacks (the 'un-educated') can say it as much as they want to.
You mean people don't say "ain't" in the south cause they're all inbred?maccool said:Funny, I learned that the low country Southern accent came from settlers with roots in Southwest England (Dorset and Somerset) and the Appalachian accent is derived from the Scotch-Irish settlers.
Your stereotyping makes so much more sense than immigration patterns and linguistic studies because everyone knows that Southerners are stupid; just like all Australians are criminals. I will now believe you instead because ignorance is so much better than fact.