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Old 12-28-2013, 05:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default American Dialect Map

(I did a quick search and didn't find anything so I hope that this hasn't been done before)

I stumbled across this dialect quiz that produces a map reflecting dialect and pronunciation similarities in the US. Here's mine:


It's fairly accurate in my opinion! I seem to have the most in common with my native Northern California, and I would apparently have a hard time in Louisiana (and Western Penn for some reason? I had no idea that region even had a unique accent!)

I think it could be fun or interesting to compare maps (even if you're not from the US, for ****s and giggles). The quiz itself is also interesting, as it gives you individual maps corresponding to the answer you last gave as you go along. There are words and phrases featured as answers that I have never ever heard of either.
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:33 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I gave this a go out of curiosity.
Being an Englishman I reckon my result may be of interest, historically?

Anyway the 3 most similar cities shown are; Yonkers, Newark/Paterson and Philadelphia.

3 of the least similar cities shown are; Worcester, Garland and Fort Worth.

Make of that what you will...

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Old 12-28-2013, 06:36 AM   #3 (permalink)
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This sounds interesting! I'm looking forward to trying this.

And, yeah, western PA has its own unique accent and even its own weird words like "yinz".
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:39 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Where would I belong with my finish accent that sounds like some pseudo British people who is eating a hot potato at the same time. I'm gonna try this someday
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Old 12-28-2013, 06:43 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Blah it didn't allow me to speak. Just a bore and it did not work anyway.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:05 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Wish there was a UK version.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:44 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I did it and got Boston, Worcester, Providence. So I'm where I should be I guess.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:46 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Wish there was a UK version.
There should be, I'd really be interested to see where it places me.
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Old 12-28-2013, 09:14 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Ok, here's mine:

Most similar to: Buffalo, Rochester, and Arlington (hmmm). Buffalo and Rochester are spot on - they're only like a 3 hour drive max from Toronto. And most of our American TV stations are from there. In fact, pretty much all of NY is super red on my map.

Least similar to: Philadelphia, Houston, and Detroit (kind of funny since I was born there. Didn't grow up in the Windsor/Detroit area though - they have their own accent down there.)

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Old 12-28-2013, 10:32 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Most: Minneapolis, Seattle, Tacoma
Least: Philadelphia, Little Rock, New Orleans
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