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At 13:35 -0700 18.9.1999, Charles wrote:
>BP Jonsson wrote:
>
>> My professor mentioned several times that it was immigration from
>> Ireland (mostly considerably later than the American revolution,
>> IIANM, that gave rhoticism the upper hand in America.  I don't
>> know where he'd got that, but understood that it was from some
>> scholarly article.  Apparently it can be established by
>> comparative method etc. that "General American" and modern
>> Anglo-Irish dialects share a common ancestor.
>
>Obviously we are out-breeding the colder British:
>they can't add e- to -rhoticism like us.

ear-hot-icism? ;-)


/BP

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