English Accents: from Great Britain to United States

Aug
01
2016
  • 3 years ago

Check out Amy Walker's famous video, which features imitation of the following accents:

Standard British, Cockney, British RP, Irish, Northern Irish, Scottish, Italian, German, Czech, Russian, French, Australian, New Zealand, Heavy Ocker Australian, Texan, Californian, Northwest, Toronto, Brooklyn, Deep Southern, and Trans-Atlantic.

Map of American English Accents:

accents map

  • General American
  • New York City English
  •  New England English: Eastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Eastern New Hampshire and Eastern Connecticut.
  • Mid-Atlantic English is spoken along the urban corridor from Philadelphia to Baltimore.
  • Lowland Southern English is the “classic southern” accent. (Mississippi, Louisiana)
  • Inland English can be heard among Appalachian natives, Texans, and Tennesseans.
  • Great Lakes English: Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo, Rochester and Cleveland.
  • Upper Midwestern English: Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa.
  • Midland American Accents: Missouri, Southern Indiana, Southern Illinois, Southern Pennsylvania, Kansas, Oklahoma.
  • Western American Accents: most of the Mountain and Western states.

Map of  British English Accents:

accents GB_map

  • Cockney is probably the second most famous British accent. It originated in the East End of London.
  • Estuary English (Southeast British) is an accent derived from London English and can be heard around Southeast England, and East Anglia.
  •  West Country (Southwest British) refers to a large swath of accents heard in the South of England, starting about fifty miles West of London and extending to the Welsh border.
  • Midlands English is the most famous of  Midlands English is Brummie (Birmingham English).
  •  Northern England English is spoken north of the midlands, in cities like Manchester, Leeds, and Liverpool and in Yorkshire.
  • Geordie usually refers to accent spoken in Northeast England.
  • Welsh English refers to the accents in Wales. The speech of this region is heavily influenced by the Welsh language, which remained more widely spoken in modern times than the other Celtic languages.
  •  Scottish English is the broad definition used to describe English as it is spoken in Scotland. Note that Scottish English is different than Scots language, a language derived from Northumbrian Old English that is spoken in Scotland as well.

 

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