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Old 04-05-2012, 05:00 PM
 
Location: Buffalo
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Take this test and tell me what result you get.

Quiz - Which American accent do you have? - YouThink.com
That quiz was neat. And it was right!
My result:
"You have a Northern accent. That could either be the Chicago/Detroit/Cleveland/Buffalo accent (easily recognizable) or the Western New England accent that news networks go for."

I was born and raised in Buffalo

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Old 04-05-2012, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Born in 83 and raised in Texas and I got Midland or neutral. I grew up in a military town.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Take this test and tell me what result you get.

Quiz - Which American accent do you have? - YouThink.com


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Neutral

You`re not Northern, Southern, or Western, you`re just plain -American-. Your national identity is more important than your local identity, because you don`t really have a local identity. You might be from the region in that map, which is defined by this kind of accent, but you could easily not be. Or maybe you just moved around a lot growing up.
From PA and I did move and travel around a lot.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:08 PM
 
Location: IN
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I'm good at blending my accent to the region I live in. Everyone has some kind of accent whether they think they do or not.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC and Gaithersburg, MD
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This said that I have a Western accent. I'll take it! Despite growing up in rural Vermont, I never picked up the accent.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:39 PM
 
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Everyone has some kind of accent whether they think they do or not.
Thank you.

Every linguist reading this thread is pulling out their hair.
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Old 04-05-2012, 06:58 PM
 
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Born after 1989
but this a shocking result
Which American accent do you have?

Northeast New England
The kind of accent they have in Boston. There is more to it than just r`s. Like, you say "don" and "dawn" the same while the people down in NYC don`t.
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:22 PM
 
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So like will the lower-class teenagers today still speak with Southern twangs, Yooper accents, pahk cars, etc?
Generally speaking, yeah.
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Old 04-05-2012, 07:25 PM
 
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That quiz was neat. And it was right!
My result:
"You have a Northern accent. That could either be the Chicago/Detroit/Cleveland/Buffalo accent (easily recognizable) or the Western New England accent that news networks go for."

I was born and raised in Buffalo
Yes. I think its called the "northern vowel shift." But you are right, it is an urban-industrial Great Lakes thing. Could be the influx of Polish people into working class neighborhoods earlier in the 20th century.

Polish heritage is something all those cities have in common.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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Do all Americans born in 1990 or later speak the Californian way or are regional accents still strong/present in the younger generation?


a) What the hell is "the Californian way"?

2) According to my meticulous calculations, the cutoff for developing regional accents was June 3, 1988, at 3:10 p.m. EDT.

What a ridiculous question.

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