Why don't Americans have British accents?

America was founded by British people, but why don't Americans speak with a British accent? OK, I know the time can cause a variation, but let's see Australian people still speak British accent (with little variation, but not as much as American English)
Asked Apr 09, 2010
Well for one thing, America is a melting pot. We have people from all over the world coming to our country and breeding like wild animals.
Answered Apr 09, 2010
Thanks, but Australia also has immigrants all over the world, why do their people still remain a British accent?
julie Apr 09, 2010
Yes, but the immigration there is a small fraction of that of the United States. Not to mention, Australia is an island, where as the US shares borders with both a Spanish speaking country and a French speaking country. On top of that, Australia was originally a leper colony, so people weren't too keen on going there, unlike America "the land of possibilities" or whatever they called it back then.
There was a large influx of Germans into the US in the 1700s and 1800s. This along with the French and the Spanish all influence our version of English. Another reason: "...some varieties of American English are closer to the English of Shakespeare than modern Standard English is. Some "Americanisms" are actually originally English English expressions that were preserved in the colonies while lost at home (e.g., fall as a synonym for autumn, trash for rubbish, and loan as a verb instead of lend)."
Answered Jan 25, 2011
I have a friend with a very very good British accent everyone asks her is she from there and stuff. But she says no, I also know another kid with a British accent thats not from there either so maybe Americans do have British accents maybe not around where u live but I do know a few people with american accents so ya :)
Answered Dec 08, 2015

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