Heard on The Judges: a triviality

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 4 16:52:42 UTC 2009

A forty-ish Noo-Yawka points out that an Englishman still speaks
English with an English accent, though he - the Englishman - has lived
in the States for 47 years.

Something of a reverse-English <har! har!> case:

Jim Hurford, General Editor of Oxford Studies in the Evolution of
Language, was a professor of mine at UC Davis, years ago. He
eventually left Davis to go to the University of Lancaster. Now, to
any American ear, Jim spoke English with a very clear English accent,
including such oddities as pronouncing "equation" as [i kweI.Sn]
instead of as [i kwe:I.Zn]. Yet, once he was back in Old Blighty, Jim
found himself often addressed by the locals as "Oh. You're that new,
American bloke. I can tell by your accent!"

The irony!

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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