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Now this surprised me!  Anybody listen to me speak more than a few minutes will know that I have Southern roots.  You'll never beat the y'all out of this girl.

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Neutral. Not Northern, Southern, or Western, just American. Your national American identity is more important to you than your local identity, because you don't really have a local identity to begin with.

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?



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Feb. 27th, 2011 08:44 pm (UTC)
Feb. 27th, 2011 10:33 pm (UTC)
Not surprising since you are one. LOL.
Feb. 27th, 2011 08:59 pm (UTC)
LOL...this is hilarious!! I'd like to think my travels have done away with my accent, but there might be something to this, seeing as how I'm not even remotely from the New York area...

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Northern. Whether you have the world famous Inland North accent of the Great Lakes area, or the radio-friendly sound of upstate NY and western New England, your accent is what used to set the standard for American English pronunciation (not much anymore now that the Inland North sounds like it does).

If you are not from the North, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A Southerner who hates Southern accents and tries really hard to "talk right"; or
(b) A New Yorker or New Jerseyan who doesn't have the full accent

Feb. 27th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
Interesting how my vowels are neutral, and your vowels are northern...both show we have influences that have interfered with what people would think our base accents should be. When I was in college I made tapes to use for a test, and I was asked to do it, because when I stop talking down home and smush the dropped d's and the preference for got over has, I have a pretty neutral voice.
Feb. 28th, 2011 02:47 am (UTC)
I enunciate my words, and thus have always been told I have less of a southern accent than my peers...and yet, when I go to a different part of the country, I can hear it pretty well pronounced, LOL. I acclimate fairly quickly, though - my English whilst in Europe took on the flavors of European ESL speakers, simply because that's what I was surrounded with =)

What this test doesn't take into account is the priming effect, which is pretty neat in and of itself (and was the subject of my master's thesis, hehehe).
Feb. 28th, 2011 03:07 am (UTC)

Yeah. Basically it's a survey of how you pronounce certain marker vowels.

My base dialect doesn't make a difference between pin and pen. There's a dialect in New Orleans that more of the well-educated speak that makes a clear difference between the two. It's amazing, even with the language training I had already had, how hard it was for me to learn, not to hear, but to make that slight difference of sound.

And another interesting thing that happened was the more I taught inner city black students, the more the down home, rather east Texas sound crept back into my pronunciation; it was the closest thing I could to do code match, no doubt.

Now that I live in the West, my accent is probably more that middle of the country neutral, with southern (and some New Orleanian) word choice preferences. But I have learned to stop saying Coke for soft drink. I have joined the ranks of those who call it pop.
Feb. 27th, 2011 09:06 pm (UTC)
It knew I was English ^_^ This pleases me.
Feb. 27th, 2011 10:51 pm (UTC)
That's cool! I saw on another thread a number of people from parts of the UK took it and showed up as New Yorkers! LOL!
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Feb. 27th, 2011 10:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, I love this subject. Once in grad school I did a paper on prestige dialects, mostly in the US, and have been hooked on stuff like this ever since.
Feb. 27th, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
haha, that's awesome! It guessed that I'm Canadian!
Feb. 27th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
Yay for having an accent that matches your location!
Feb. 27th, 2011 09:55 pm (UTC)
does it work on a French person :p
Feb. 27th, 2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
It's really designed for accents in the US and a bit of Canada, based on how people pronounce certain vowel sounds...but you could take it and see what it tells you!
Feb. 27th, 2011 10:49 pm (UTC)
xD I can imagine the accent "this accent doesn't exist. Are you an alien?" "uh no I'm French --"
Feb. 27th, 2011 10:53 pm (UTC)
Well you could answer it based on how you're being taught to pronounce English...then you'd know what accent your English studies are leading you to.
Feb. 27th, 2011 11:05 pm (UTC)
yes it's true. Well some teachers have an accent we call "frenglish" (you speak English words with the French accent)
Feb. 27th, 2011 11:11 pm (UTC)
And I knew American teachers who taught French with the reverse...LOL..taught French with a clearly American accent. I was lucky that my high school teacher was from Lyon, and the French they made us learn from TV programs in elementary school was taught, I think, by people with French as their first language, so I have at least some of my pronunciation close. But still, I'm sure, sounding too American. LOL!

(I'm so rusty. But it's amazing what I can still read after 20+ years of not really using it at all. But I've forgotten most of my grammar.)
Feb. 27th, 2011 11:18 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, even for us, French people, grammar is the worst thing ever! So many exceptions so many words for the same thing...

Was it hard to learn French? I have a lot of foreign students at my university and a lot said French was hard to learn.

If you need help one day I can give it to you :p
Feb. 27th, 2011 11:37 pm (UTC)
I didn't find French hard, for the most part. I think for English speakers, perhaps the spelling and the fact that English is basically gender-neutral most of the time caused some problems. And perhaps the vowel pronunciations, maybe. And let's be honest; Americans as a group are just not into learning languages, probably from living in such a large area where you don't run across other languages much.

But I had about six years of French study spread across elementary school, high school and university. I usually did well in it. I studied Latin and a small bit of Spanish as well, and discovered that for some reason, between all of that, I can muddle through reading some Italian. This makes me much better studied in languages than most Americans. So funny! Although Spanish is becoming more and more important.
Feb. 28th, 2011 12:03 am (UTC)
Yes English is gender neutral, and sometimes we have trouble telling what gender something is.

When I translate things in French (for classes or just like that) sometimes I have troubles.

I never studied Latin, but I know that being French, which is a Latine language, and study another latine language is hard. You'd think it would be easier but on the contrary it's harder. When I went to Italy three years ago (worst travel of my life, not because I don't like the country, but because I went with my dad and stepmom, AND was sleeping in the same room as them when I was 15) I unterstood what they said, but could'nt speak to them, I had to use French or even English to be understood.

I Study Chinese at College (not Japanese because there isn't T_T). I think it's even easier than English and Spanish put together! (uh If you don't mind the calligraphy of course). The grammar is simple, and sometimes it has similarities with English :p
Feb. 28th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
I found Latin fairly easy once you get used to the declension and conjugation patterns. Easier than French! But one semester I was taking a French literature class and a Spanish class, and had to drop the Spanish class. I kept crossing spelling and pronunciation!
Feb. 28th, 2011 12:46 am (UTC)
My stepmother's mom is a true Italian woman, and very Catholic, Each Sunday she prayed before eating and prayed even before, and each time it was in Latin. It was amazing
Feb. 28th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC)
I got western, which I am, which almost surprises me. There's a lot of southern flavor in my family and for some reason a lot of people ask me if I'm from Canada/Washington/Minnesota because I apparently speak with those accents a lot. (My guess is maybe that they're similar to my Irish accent, especially with the 'o' sound.)

But it was fun to play around with the words on the test, especially the ones where it did the vowel sound comparisons, saying do you say the 'a' in 'pack' like in 'pass', etc. Even when I varied and lapsed into one of these further recessed accents it did it across the board, so even if I said 'pack' differently than 'normal' (for me) I still said 'pass' in a way that sounded like the newly different pack. I don't know why but i find this rather fascinating.
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