Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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Newspaper article The Canadian Press

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TORONTO. x-19s. People from Vancouver may think they can spot a visiting Torontonian based on their accent, but linguists say the variations in Canadian English are actually close to nil. They believe that's because the first English-speaking settlers in Ontario were the first to move westward -- taking their accent with them. Matt Hunt Gardner is an English instructor and University of Toronto P-H-D candidate who says the phenomenon is called the founder effect, where the first settlers in an area also establish the accent.

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TAG: Gardner says the accent in Atlantic provinces are different because the first settlers there were different than those who came to Ontario. But he says those differences are slowly fading, with Atlantic residents increasingly adopting the English accent of the rest of the country. …

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