Good English without Idiom or Tone: The Colonial Origins of American Speech

  title={Good English without Idiom or Tone: The Colonial Origins of American Speech},
  author={Paul K. Longmore},
  journal={Journal of Interdisciplinary History},
  • P. Longmore
  • Published 7 February 2007
  • History
  • Journal of Interdisciplinary History
The interplay between modes of speech and the demographical, geographical, social, and political history of Britain's North American colonies of settlement influenced the linguistic evolution of colonial English speech. By the early to mid-eighteenth century, regional varieties of English emerged that were not only regionally comprehensible but perceived by many observers as homogeneous in contrast to the deep dialectical differences in Britain. Many commentators also declared that Anglophone… 

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