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Old 09-27-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:43 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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england has the only true english accent since its their language.
the others are just bastardized spinoffs - american, aussie, canadian, etc.
Actually they think American is closer to Elizabethian English. Plus England has so many different accents. All are equally valid native accents of English.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:44 PM
 
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British English ... Sounds more formal and posh
You're probably thinking of received pronunciation. Very few English people even speak this accent.
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Old 09-27-2013, 08:47 PM
 
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There's no 'best', it's subjective. No accent is more 'correct' than another, despite what some try to claim. There's no standard accepted pronunciation like in Spanish, although in dictionaries you might see phonetic pronunciation guide for words. These are based on the two 'reference' accents, General or Standard American or Received Pronunciation (sometimes called the Queen's or BBC English). Other accents may not conform to these pronunciations but that doesn't make them wrong. It's perhaps the beauty of English.
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Old 09-27-2013, 09:22 PM
 
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Actually they think American is closer to Elizabethian English. Plus England has so many different accents. All are equally valid native accents of English.
Yes so is Irish and the West Country accents of England and Yorkshire accents.

The eminent Shakespearean scholar, John Barton, has suggested that Shakespeare's accent would have sounded to modern ears like a cross between a contemporary Irish, Yorkshire and West Country accent - and cites the present-day speech of the Appalachian Mountains as the most suitable model for actors attempting to imitate a period performance.

dialects - In what ways is Appalachian speech closer to Elizabethan English than contemporary British? - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange
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Old 09-28-2013, 04:08 AM
 
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Yes so is Irish and the West Country accents of England and Yorkshire accents.

The eminent Shakespearean scholar, John Barton, has suggested that Shakespeare's accent would have sounded to modern ears like a cross between a contemporary Irish, Yorkshire and West Country accent - and cites the present-day speech of the Appalachian Mountains as the most suitable model for actors attempting to imitate a period performance.

dialects - In what ways is Appalachian speech closer to Elizabethan English than contemporary British? - English Language & Usage Stack Exchange
Yes. That doesn't mean it's more 'correct' either, as language naturally changes. One should embrace English' diversity instead of trying to say one is better than another or that one should be spoken instead of another.
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Old 09-28-2013, 04:22 AM
 
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''The Best'' lol, how low do people stoop to get one upmanship!
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Sasquatch County
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What would the best English be? Maybe it's the tongue that's flexible yet precise enough for its user to be able to express himself fluently and unambiguously in any mood or tense of verbs, style, etc. It must roll of the tongue easily, be clear and comprehensible to those addressed, and lend itself to conversation, writing, mathematics, science and technology, literature, poetry, song, and most other means of communication. And for that, I'd say that the Received Pronunciation of Standard English, which need not be exclusively British, is the best. But it is based on the language of Southern England; and it's used, with increasing frequency, all over the world. It's a delight to use; yet it can be improved
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:40 AM
 
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Yes. That doesn't mean it's more 'correct' either, as language naturally changes. One should embrace English' diversity instead of trying to say one is better than another or that one should be spoken instead of another.
I'm not saying any accent is better than the other. I just found it interesting that those accents are similar to Elizabethan English. They all are rhotic.
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Old 09-28-2013, 05:56 AM
 
Location: Sasquatch County
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The r or the ə? It seems to me that the schwa is a slovenly articulation, and for that I prefer the rhotic pronunciation. Midwestern American English has much to offer us
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