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    The Americans Who Still Speak with Regional British English Accents

    Some of the accents sound similar to elements of the West Country accent as well as the old East Anglian dialect. Both accents are vanishing fast.




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    According to Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (1989) by David Hackett Fischer, Virginians are West Saxons, New Englanders are East Anglians, Pennamites are Mercians and Kentuckians are Northumbrians, that the South, Northeast, Midwest and West all derive our subcultures from those of England and this includes language peculiarities or colloquialisms. Although the exposition conflates Kentish Jutes and East Anglian Danes, it's for obvious good reason and I tend to agree with that, as what Kevin Phillips wrote in The Cousins' Wars: Religion, Politics and the Triumph of Anglo-America (1999), largely echoes the demographic differences.

    Fischer also noted that Smith and Tangiers islands in Chesapeake Bay (where softshell crabs are a delicacy) and some of the fishing outports of Maine were settled by Cornish and that their influences were detectable, but not overwhelmingly apparent on a regional basis.

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