Im not sure if this is the right place to put this question, as this is my first time using this site.

I am currently writing an essay on the effects of colonialism in the development of American English (American English being a national variety of English with some of its own norms) and thought it would be interesting to see if anyone had any thoughts on this. All thoughts and ideas on how colonialism has affected they way that American's use English today would be gratefully accepted and equally considered.

I feel restricted by what i have read around this subject and would be grateful for any opinions.

Thank you


Welcome to the Forum.

That's a huge topic, as I'm sure you know. No doubt there is a lot of scholarly written material around, so I just have one thought I'd like to offer.

With colonies, what commonly happens is that the language in the mother country evolves and moves on, while in the former colony older forms of the language are preserved to a greater extent. I believe, for example, that such is the case as regards Quebec and France.

Perhaps the USA has a sufficiently critical mass to have avoided that path. I understand, however, that there are certain remote areas, for example islands off the East coast, where very old forms of English can still be found.

I'm sure other people, both American and non-American, may offer you other ideas.

Good luck, Clive

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I think this topic will be more fit to the place for Linguistic Discussion.

Although I am far from professional in linguistics, I personally think AmE was and is tolerant to assimilating foreign words but it has been developed in a way more conservative to changes of grammar (syntactic structures) than BrE. I vaguely feel the latter characteristics of AmE might be related to the fact America was once colonies of Britain.