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Encyclopedia > North American English

North American English is a collective term used for the varieties of the English language that are spoken in the United States and Canada. Because of the considerable similarities in pronunciation, vocabulary and accent between American English and Canadian English, the two spoken languages are sometimes grouped together under a single category, as distinguished from the varieties of English that are spoken in the United Kingdom and Commonwealth of Nations countries such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and those in the Carribean. Hiberno-English is used in Ireland. Despite the fact that Canadian spellings often (but not always) follow British usage, the collective term "North American English" is sometimes also used to designate the written language of the two countries. The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... English language spread in the United States. ... Canadian English (CaE) is a variety of English used in Canada. ... The Commonwealth of Nations (CN), usually known as the Commonwealth, is a voluntary association of 53 independent sovereign states, almost all of which are former colonies of the United Kingdom. ... The Caribbean or the West Indies is a group of islands in the Caribbean Sea. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ...


Many terms in North American English are used almost exclusively in the two countries alone, such as "diaper", "gasoline", and "elevator". Although many English speakers from outside North America regard these words as distinctive "Americanisms", they are just as ubiquitous in Canada. Differences between American and Canadian English are somewhat more apparent in the written form, where Canadians retain much, though not all, of the standard British orthography; however, this affects less than one percent of all words regardless of the dialect in the world. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Gasoline, also called petrol, is a petroleum-derived liquid mixture consisting primarily of hydrocarbons and enhanced with benzenes to increase octane ratings, used as fuel in internal combustion engines. ... A set of elevators or lifts, in the lower level of a railway station. ... The orthography of a language is the set of symbols (glyphs and diacritics) used to write a language, as well as the set of rules describing how to write these glyphs correctly, including spelling, punctuation, and capitalization. ...


There are a considerable number of different accents within the regions of both the United States and Canada, originally deriving from the accents prevalent in different English and Scottish regions and corresponding to settlement patterns of these peoples in the colonies. These were developed and built upon as new waves of immigration, and migration across the North American continent, brought new accents and dialects to new areas, and as these ways of speaking merged and assimilated with the population. It is claimed that despite the centuries of linguistic changes there is still a close resemblance between the English East Anglia accents which would have been used by the Pilgrim Fathers and modern Northeastern United States accents. Similarly, the accents of Newfoundland is similar to Scots while Appalachian dialect retains Scots Irish features. A dialect (from the Greek word διάλεκτος, dialektos) is a variety of a language used by people from a particular geographic area. ... Norfolk and Suffolk, the core area of East Anglia. ... This article is about the colonists of North America. ... Regional definitions vary The Northeastern United States is a region of the United States defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. ... Newfoundland English is a name for several dialects of English specific to the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, distinct from Canadian English. ... Scots is an Anglic variety spoken in Scotland, where it is sometimes called Lowland Scots to distinguish it from Scottish Gaelic spoken by some in the Highlands and Islands (especially the Hebrides). ... Areas included within the Appalachian Regional Commissions charter; other definitions of Appalachia often cover a much more restricted area. ... Scots-Irish can refer to: The Ulster-Scots people of Ulster, Ireland. ...


See also

English language spread in the United States. ... Canadian English (CaE) is a variety of English used in Canada. ... This is one of a series of articles about the differences between American English and British English, which, for the purposes of these articles, are defined as follows: American English (AmE) is the form of English used in the United States. ... Words with specific American meanings that have different meanings in British English and/or additional meanings common to both dialects (e. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... An incomplete list of words and phrases having differing meanings in British and American English. ...

Bibliography

  • Labov, William, Sharon Ash, and Charles Boberg. 2006. The Atlas of North American English. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. ISBN 3-11-016746-8 .


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