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What is your American dialect?
Gene Expression ^ | 16 Sept 2013 | Razib Khan

Posted on 09/16/2013 11:54:23 AM PDT by Theoria

Razib’s Dialect Similarity

Language dialect is something that we often pick up unconsciously, so I find it an interesting if narcissistic project to query my own dialect affinities. The above was generated using a 140 question test (warning: server often slow). In case you were curious, my most ‘similar’ city (to my dialect) is Sunnyvale, California. Though most of my life has been spent on the West coast of the United States, I did spend my elementary age years in upstate New York. You can see evidence of that in the heat-map. There are particular words I use and pronunciations that I have which I know are probably relics of my formative years, but it was a little surprising that this survey picked up on that, as I thought most of them had disappeared.


TOPICS: History; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: anthropology; dialect; language; linguistics; speech
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Pretty cool. As ya can see the author[Raz] is most dissimilar to the South.
1 posted on 09/16/2013 11:54:23 AM PDT by Theoria
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To: Theoria

“Server overloaded

Sorry, but the server is too busy to fulfill this request right now. Please try again later.”

Too many people reading the article and trying to take the test I guess.


2 posted on 09/16/2013 11:56:06 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Theoria

I speak SlimPickenese, sorta the way Robert Duvall has learned to talk. It comes naturally to us in rural AZ.


3 posted on 09/16/2013 11:57:05 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU..)
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To: Theoria

Yinz think this is a heat map n’at???


4 posted on 09/16/2013 11:57:09 AM PDT by edh (I need a better tagline)
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To: Theoria; KittenClaws

Their server was overloaded!

Ping to myself for later


5 posted on 09/16/2013 11:57:11 AM PDT by KittenClaws ( You may have to fight a battle more than once in order to win it." - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Theoria

Notice where Missouri laps over into southern Iowa...


6 posted on 09/16/2013 12:00:15 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Theoria
Represent!


7 posted on 09/16/2013 12:00:21 PM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: Theoria

I’m a native Californian, but the last time I took one of these linguistic tests, it pegged me in the dead center of the Midwest. Probably a remnant of my Army brat upbringing.


8 posted on 09/16/2013 12:01:11 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Theoria

Fortunately my parents did not move here to Picksburgh n’at until after I had learned to speak.


9 posted on 09/16/2013 12:02:42 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Theoria

Dat dere link y’all ah posted taint a’workin’ fer me.


10 posted on 09/16/2013 12:04:33 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Yeah. Real interesting. You can really pick out Atlanta in Georgia and Charlotte region in NC. Just purely on his language testing.


11 posted on 09/16/2013 12:04:46 PM PDT by Theoria
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To: edh

I’ll have ta check back later. Have to red up da haas first!


12 posted on 09/16/2013 12:04:50 PM PDT by sneakers
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

I speak authentic frontier gibberish too.


13 posted on 09/16/2013 12:05:08 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Theoria

bfl


14 posted on 09/16/2013 12:07:18 PM PDT by ransomnote
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To: Buckeye McFrog

Wouldnt an interactive sound data test be wonderful?

Id like to know how much of My Midwest Accent I have lost...since moving to God Forsake Northern California... forty some years ago.

theres probably some Broadcast industry consultant willing to run such tests for a few grand....../s


15 posted on 09/16/2013 12:08:41 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: Theoria

igpay atinlay


16 posted on 09/16/2013 12:12:10 PM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Theoria

The map shows that the New Orleans “Yat” accent is similar to other southern dialects. IT IS NOT. It’s closer to a Brooklyn accent. And the Cajun dialect is also a different story!


17 posted on 09/16/2013 12:12:22 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

I’m told that Brown Broadcasting Institute in Minneapolis will cure just about any accent...


18 posted on 09/16/2013 12:14:29 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks ("Say Not the Struggle Naught Availeth.")
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To: Theoria

I speak Hall County redneck, where we warsh and wrench our hands afore supper.


19 posted on 09/16/2013 12:19:03 PM PDT by SpinnerWebb (In 2012 you will awaken from your HOPEnosis and have no recollection of this... "Constitution")
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To: Bigg Red

MARK


20 posted on 09/16/2013 12:24:24 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: Theoria

Is the dark orange in Cali for ebonics?


21 posted on 09/16/2013 12:24:26 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron ("Medicine is the keystone in the arch of socialism" Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Boogieman

ping


22 posted on 09/16/2013 12:28:17 PM PDT by SomeCallMeTim ( The best minds are not in governm<p>ent.</i><p> If any were, business would hire them f)
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To: sneakers

Bump da door once, da bell don’t make.


23 posted on 09/16/2013 12:28:41 PM PDT by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of 0bama's America)
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To: SpinnerWebb

I usually sound like I’m from Eastern OK. Unfortunately, I spent a few formative years in Michigan. When I get nervous I sound like a dang Yooper. I didn’t even know I did it until my wife pointed it out.


24 posted on 09/16/2013 12:29:04 PM PDT by cizinec ("Brother, your best friend ain't your Momma, it's the Field Artillery.")
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To: Buckeye McFrog
So you don't “red up” the house or do the “worsh?”
25 posted on 09/16/2013 12:29:51 PM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: Theoria

I was born of Midwestern parents in the Midwest but moved to New England at six months of age. I am told no one can place my accent. No one has no accent but I think I come close to standard American.


26 posted on 09/16/2013 12:30:38 PM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: Mears

bfl


27 posted on 09/16/2013 12:32:08 PM PDT by Mears (Liberalism is the art ot being easily offended.)
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To: Theoria
You can really pick out Atlanta in Georgia and Charlotte region in NC.

Dad-blamed carpetbagger infestation!

(Actually, it's more Raleigh-Durham-Cary than Charlotte)

28 posted on 09/16/2013 12:33:34 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Life is short. It's even shorter if you suggest going out for pizza on your anniversary" Peter Egan)
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To: Theoria; Revolting cat!

Nu skool. And it ain’t in cursive.


29 posted on 09/16/2013 12:34:52 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (America 2013 - STUCK ON STUPID)
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To: BwanaNdege
Kinda reminds you of the satellite photos of North Korea at night...no light aaa-tall!


30 posted on 09/16/2013 12:36:28 PM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Life is short. It's even shorter if you suggest going out for pizza on your anniversary" Peter Egan)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Oh my!!!

Thank you.


31 posted on 09/16/2013 12:38:47 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: fatnotlazy

We “ret up” before “worshin’” the “deeshes.”

YMMV

:)


32 posted on 09/16/2013 12:40:30 PM PDT by Cloverfarm (This too shall pass ...)
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To: SpinnerWebb

My father warshed his hands, too, but then he ranced them.


33 posted on 09/16/2013 12:41:17 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Think of Christ's suffering.)
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bump


34 posted on 09/16/2013 12:42:00 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: Theoria

My Mother grew up in the Carolinas, splitting her time between Easley, SC and Jeter Mountain(near Hendersonville) NC, but she lived a good portion of her life on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Consequently, you knew she sure wasn’t from up North, but her Southern accent was hard to pin down. Except when she would visit relatives in the Carolinas. Then she would re-charge her accent and it would last a good two-three weeks before settling back to normal.


35 posted on 09/16/2013 12:43:19 PM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Muzzie killing muzzie what's the downside and who am I to stop them ?)
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To: MeshugeMikey

There was a fascinating documentary on the history of English that ran on PBS a few years back.

It traced the development of English from Chaucer’s England to the present day, and made some predictions on the future.

The regional dialects in England are VERY pronounced. Often the local accent shifts markedly if you go just a few miles. The East Cost of the United States started out in a similar way (Boston, NY, Philly, Baltimore, etc.) But as populations moved west they intermixed, until the dialects on the West Coast were fairly homogenous.

The final episode predicted that the future of English will be determined in India, due to the sheer number of speakers (1.3 billion). So someday we may ALL be doing the needful.


36 posted on 09/16/2013 12:46:00 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: cizinec

You betcha eh?


37 posted on 09/16/2013 12:46:25 PM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog

I remembuh...the first time I visited the state of MAINE....

the accent I had never heard befoh.

Thanks!


38 posted on 09/16/2013 12:47:30 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: Tax-chick

Anybody got any thoughts on why Charleston, SC natives have no southern accent? To hear a southern accent in SC you have to head up-state. My brother has lived in Charleston for 40 years and he’s the only one in his family that still has a Southern accent. He’s originally from Eastern, North Carolina and still has the accent, the way I do. His sons and daughters, born and raised in and around Charleston talk real fast, more Yankee than anything else. Certainly not Southern.


39 posted on 09/16/2013 12:47:39 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: Windflier

I once had a stranger guess my origins as a location 3,000 miles from where I grew up. It happened to be where my parents grew up.


40 posted on 09/16/2013 12:48:34 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Don't blame me for McCain.)
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To: Theoria

Says heah the survuh is wicked ovahloaded.


41 posted on 09/16/2013 12:51:31 PM PDT by andy58-in-nh (Cogito, ergo armatum sum.)
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To: NKP_Vet

I’ve never been to Charleston. (With a Walmart right up the street, I hardly even go to Charlotte ;-).

Teachers from up north, maybe? I’ve read that’s why natives of New Orleans talk like New Yorkers.


42 posted on 09/16/2013 12:52:17 PM PDT by Tax-chick (Think of Christ's suffering.)
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To: Tax-chick

I have been speaking Texan for the last 50 years. Problem is it keeps coming out like south Brooklyn.


43 posted on 09/16/2013 12:54:43 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Make today a great day. Insult a liberal.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty
I had a freshman English teacher who was really a Faulkner fan. When he was sober enough to get to class he had some interesting takes on the Southern dialect which he stated was closer to the mother tongue of our British fore bearers than that “Mediterranean and Kraut bastardized mush spoken up North. He also said that english ain't math so two negatives don't make a positive and there ain't nothing more positive than I ain't going to do nothing. Meaning not only am I not going to do something, I am not even going to do nothing. Got one of my best grades in college in that class.
44 posted on 09/16/2013 12:55:17 PM PDT by dblshot (I am John Galt.)
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To: The Sons of Liberty

My wife grew up in North Carolina, and has a bit of accent still. But when she talks to her mother on the telephone, you can hear the accent get stronger minute by minute. it recedes in a day or so, though.


45 posted on 09/16/2013 1:01:49 PM PDT by HartleyMBaldwin
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To: Theoria

bfl


46 posted on 09/16/2013 1:04:24 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Tax-chick

I’ve noticed a lot of people from the coastal areas of the southerns states (Savannah, GA excluded) don’t have much of a Southern accent. And all other the South accents tend to be much thicker in rural areas that in the big cities. I guess that’s to be expected. The Yankee influx in the big towns are the reason for that. I have not lived in NC for 45 years, but never lost my accent and never wanted to. If you’ve ever heard Richard Petty talk you know what I sound like.


47 posted on 09/16/2013 1:06:04 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: Theoria

Server overload message. Bump for midnight.


48 posted on 09/16/2013 1:18:31 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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To: reed13

bfl


49 posted on 09/16/2013 1:19:59 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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To: Bigg Red

ping, hon!


50 posted on 09/16/2013 1:20:45 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("Remember... the first revolutionary was Satan."--Russian Orthodox Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov)
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