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Notes & Queries: Did cowboys have American accents?

24 October 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

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Did cowboys have American accents? Seeing as they were only recently settled in America from Britain, should Hollywood think more Colin Firth than Clint Eastwood?

The American accent, like the British, consists of several regional variations. Some of these are likely to have evolved in part from English regional accents (eg the southern American accent has echoes of archaic Yorkshire pronunciations). A distinctive American accent was almost certainly established by the late colonial era (1750s to the 1770s); this is borne out by accounts from English travellers.

During the period covered in most westerns (1860-90), large numbers of recent immigrants from Europe and elsewhere had moved into the west. But to be fair to Hollywood, this is reflected in a lot of cowboy movies: John Ford, in particular, included Irish, German and Scottish characters in his films, »

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