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If you get chance to travel around England you will be amazed at the number of different accents you come across, from the 'Estuary English' of the South-east to the 'Geordie' of Tyneside, from the nasal tones of the Black Country to the burr of the West Country.
Why are there so many regional variations? Nobody really knows, but I like to think it goes back to the times before the Roman invasion, when England was divided into tribal areas. No doubt each tribal group had its own words, and its own way of saying and doing things. The Romans imposed some of their ideas and language, but after they left (around 400 CE) England reverted to its own ways.
Settlement by Angles, Saxons, Vikings and, later, Normans, all added to the creation of the fascinating variety in language and pronunciation you can still hear today.
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