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    Quote Originally Posted by Oliver109 View Post
    Check out this recording from mid Essex, sounds very like some southern American speech, especially words like farm, bently, theyen-then, stacking, potaters-potatos, journeys
    https://explore.library.leeds.ac.uk/...esultOffset=11
    Yeah, most of rural Southern England had the rhotic sound even in the late 19th century or early 20th century.

    Spoiler!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oliver109 View Post
    It's just certain words but i do notice something of a similarity, the southwest of course has very similar accents to the south of America though oddly the Devon accent can often sound more Scottishlike while the Southern American speech sounds flatter.
    I hear some similarities with Australians. I watched one guy's stream for a while before I realized that he wasn't from the American South.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglo-Celtic View Post
    I hear some similarities with Australians. I watched one guy's stream for a while before I realized that he wasn't from the American South.
    Australian is more Cockney influenced no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oliver109 View Post
    Australian is more Cockney influenced no?
    I don't hear it. Judging from this exchange, our ears are nothing alike.

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    If an Australian sounds like Americans it's probably due to recent Americanisation of speech. Traditional Australian accents are pretty dissimilar to North American ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Creoda View Post
    Yeah, most of rural Southern England had the rhotic sound even in the late 19th century or early 20th century.

    There were *very* brief moments when the Southeast English accents sounded a bit like Southern accents and the Southwest English accents sounded a bit like Appalachian accents. For the most part, both would stick out like sore brogues in those regions, though.

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    The received pronunciation is the one received from whomever the elites are at the time in whichever country you're receiving.

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