History of the American English


The Rhotic accent

rBasically, English accents in the British Isles, the USA and throughout the world can be broken down into two sets: some of them are called rhotic and some are called non-rhotic.

English had become non-rhotic by the end of the 18th century. In 1776, both American and British accents were mainly rhotic. It was around this time when non-rhotic speech took off in the south of England, especially among the nobility. This “prestige” of talking non-rhotic was standardized, and it became to spread in Britain ever since.

There are some tips for working on your voice to make the rhotic accent:



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