Research shows Americanisms AREN’T taking over the British language


Daily Mail: “new research by linguistic experts at the British Library has found that British English is alive and well and is holding its own against its American rival.
The study has found that many British English speakers are refusing to use American pronunciations for everyday words such as schedule, patriot and advertisement.
It also discovered that British English is evolving at a faster rate than its transatlantic counterpart, meaning that in many instances it is the American speakers who are sticking to more ‘traditional’ speech patterns.
Jonnie Robinson, curator of sociolinguists at the British Library, said: ‘British English and American English continue to be very distinct entities and the way both sets of speakers pronounce words continues to differ.
‘But that doesn’t mean that British English speakers are sticking with traditional pronunciations while American English speakers come up with their own alternatives.
‘In fact, in some cases it is the other way around. British English, for whatever reason, is innovating and changing while American English remains very conservative and traditional in its speech patterns.’”

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Posted on March 17, 2011, in Languagewatch. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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