I think it interesting to consider the different cultural
cues that we become accustomed to, and seeing the same phrase rendered
in different accents clearly shows just how
different an approach the cultural context gives.
It isn't just the sound, it seems. There is a whole background of
sub-context surrounding it. I've often thought it was very easy to
imagine that because Brits and Australians, etc, speak English, as do
Americans (in their fashion) that it makes us 'close'in a cultural
sense. I think this is not the case, and that similarity of language,
can lead us to at first (at second too, in some cases), overlook the
quite large differences that we have culturally.
Amy Walker. 21 Accents.