Which is more similar to the form of English at the time of our colonization: British or American?
So, fun fact. British accent deviates more from Old English. The accent was created by the elite to distinguish themselves from those they considered lower class when social mobility became popular. tinyurl.com/pcoyw95
Rose - Careful – Old English is actually Anglo-Saxon, the language of "Beowulf." It sounds more like danish and Norwegian than it does like modern English. Everything from Shakespeare on is considered Modern English.
Rose - I'm assuming you're referring to spoken? If so, I read that US Appalachian is closest. Large parts of that area have been cut off from the world, so the language evolution experienced in other areas did not occur there. Written is a different
story. I don't know on that one, but if I had to guess, my $$$ would be in the CT, VT area.