Maybe it’s because I’ve watched 1776 one time too many. Maybe it’s because a Model UN conference I’m attending in November is running a simulation of the Second Continental Congress. Or maybe it’s because I’m at work running tech for a distance learning class on linguistics.
But I find myself wondering, just what did colonists sound like during the Revolution? Was there still a definite British tilt at that point, or was there starting to be an American accent as we know it today? I know there were new immigrants coming all the time, but what did the people whose families had been there for a few generations sound like?
Any linguists in the house who want to answer my burning question?