Originally Posted by Breanna
I find this notion somewhat strange as American English sounds so different from either a British or Irish accent I thought its more a blend of a bunch of different European voices like French and maybe Polish and German and stuff like that in there too? Saying "my" instead of "me" where does that come from as in "me hand" what Irish and English people say rather than "my hand" what Americans say? I'm from an island settled entirely by people from Bristol in England and Devon and southern Ireland and peoples accents are extremely different from the accents on mainland North America such that it becomes immediately obvious that I am a foreigner and every American/Canadian I'm ever after meeting thinks I'm from the UK.
Sister , it is a fact that from about 1800 on more and more Irish settled in North America.
I think at the core Irish pronounciation for English was the root of 'American English' . .
For example , a person from England for the word 'car park' would pronounce 'cuh puk' while and American would emphasize the r's , 'carr parrk' . . . Or he wouldn't say 'cit
y' , emphasizing the 't' , but would pronounce it 'ciddy' . . . you know what I mean.
The basics for American English I think was the pronounciation of Ireland.
The Irish influence into American culture can be seen by 'Wild West' phenomena such as banjo playing , drinking whiskey , dancing reel et al . .
The U.S. did start out as an English colony , so the Founding Fathers a la Washington , Jefferson et al must still have spoken British but from 1800 on more and more Irish moved there . . This was also the high phase of the American 'Wild West' from about 1800 to 1900 which was comprised like I said of banjo playing , whiskey drinking folks.
You have an interesting theory as well but for me it is out of question that the U.S.A. was heavily influenced by Ireland.