Skip to comments.What is your American dialect?
Posted on 09/16/2013 11:54:23 AM PDT by Theoria
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.
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Too many people reading the article and trying to take the test I guess.
I speak SlimPickenese, sorta the way Robert Duvall has learned to talk. It comes naturally to us in rural AZ.
Yinz think this is a heat map n’at???
Their server was overloaded!
Ping to myself for later
Notice where Missouri laps over into southern Iowa...
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.
Fortunately my parents did not move here to Picksburgh n’at until after I had learned to speak.
Dat dere link y’all ah posted taint a’workin’ fer me.
Yeah. Real interesting. You can really pick out Atlanta in Georgia and Charlotte region in NC. Just purely on his language testing.
I’ll have ta check back later. Have to red up da haas first!
I speak authentic frontier gibberish too.
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
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!
I’m told that Brown Broadcasting Institute in Minneapolis will cure just about any accent...
I speak Hall County redneck, where we warsh and wrench our hands afore supper.
Is the dark orange in Cali for ebonics?
Bump da door once, da bell don’t make.
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.
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.
Dad-blamed carpetbagger infestation!
(Actually, it's more Raleigh-Durham-Cary than Charlotte)
Nu skool. And it ain’t in cursive.
We “ret up” before “worshin’” the “deeshes.”
My father warshed his hands, too, but then he ranced them.
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.
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.
You betcha eh?
I remembuh...the first time I visited the state of MAINE....
the accent I had never heard befoh.
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.
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.
Says heah the survuh is wicked ovahloaded.
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.
I have been speaking Texan for the last 50 years. Problem is it keeps coming out like south Brooklyn.
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.
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.
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