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Old 10-26-2013, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Shaw.
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100% Philadelphia. I don't agree.

I'm from NYC, and I'd say I have a slight accent.
It primarily tested on vowel mergers and Philadelphia and New York share a lot of those features in common. One of the big differences on this quiz that might put you with Philly instead of New York, is you probably said you thought "on" rhymed with "dawn" and not "Don." If not, I have no idea.

I think adding a rhotic element to this quiz would have improved it, but I guess people could see those a mile away. Another thing really hard to test for is Philadelphia dark/swallowed "L" sound (balance ~ bounce).

Anyway, 87% Philadelphia. 76% Northeast. It seems New York doesn't exist as far as this quiz is concerned, which is definitely, definitely wrong.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Currently living in Reddit
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It seems New York doesn't exist as far as this quiz is concerned, which is definitely, definitely wrong.
Yeah, I was thinking the same. Adding something like how do you pronounce "water" (double d instead of t) would specify NYC/No Jersey/SW CT. Also surprised "Northeast" included RI, where, IMO, half the state has a Boston-ish accent - and where "wicked" is probably used as a modifier more than in Boston itself.

I only got 97% Northeast, but I think the last 12 years of living in Pittsburgh are starting to have an effect.
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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"The Midland"...not where I am from, but the further explanation of "basically, you don't have an accent" is affirming yet slightly disappointing as well. I was born up North in NY state but have lived in North Carolina since I was six years old. I also grew up in an area of NC that is largely made up of people who were born in other states. Native southerners in NC tell me I have a "northern accent" from time to time; and when I visit relatives in Upstate NY, they tell me I have "southern accent". I've always thought I sound fairly neutral but then again my native southern friends and northern relatives think they sound "neutral" too...all of whom have accents that I can easily hear. My parents definitely still have hints of the nasally northern/great lakes accents that my relatives in NY have but after over 18 years down here it has subdued a little. My siblings who are younger than me have slight southern accents. I like accents; I tend to ham-up a southern accent when surrounded by southerners (especially elderly southerners) or the great lakes accent when visiting that area. I sometimes wish I had one naturally haha
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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It primarily tested on vowel mergers and Philadelphia and New York share a lot of those features in common. One of the big differences on this quiz that might put you with Philly instead of New York, is you probably said you thought "on" rhymed with "dawn" and not "Don." If not, I have no idea.

I think adding a rhotic element to this quiz would have improved it, but I guess people could see those a mile away. Another thing really hard to test for is Philadelphia dark/swallowed "L" sound (balance ~ bounce).

Anyway, 87% Philadelphia. 76% Northeast. It seems New York doesn't exist as far as this quiz is concerned, which is definitely, definitely wrong.
Agree with this-the biggest difference between NYC and Philly accents is NYC is non-rhotic while Philly is rhotic.

Just don't tell New Yorkers that they don't pronounce their 'r's-they don't like to hear that haha.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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"The Midland"...not where I am from, but the further explanation of "basically, you don't have an accent" is affirming yet slightly disappointing as well. I was born up North in NY state but have lived in North Carolina since I was six years old. I also grew up in an area of NC that is largely made up of people who were born in other states. Native southerners in NC tell me I have a "northern accent" from time to time; and when I visit relatives in Upstate NY, they tell me I have "southern accent". I've always thought I sound fairly neutral but then again my native southern friends and northern relatives think they sound "neutral" too...all of whom have accents that I can easily hear. My parents definitely still have hints of the nasally northern/great lakes accents that my relatives in NY have but after over 18 years down here it has subdued a little. My siblings who are younger than me have slight southern accents. I like accents; I tend to ham-up a southern accent when surrounded by southerners (especially elderly southerners) or the great lakes accent when visiting that area. I sometimes wish I had one naturally haha
Let's try this again and see if CD will actually format it correctly with the breaks and without inserting HTML... "The Midland"....not where I am from, but the further explanation of "basically, you don't have an accent" is affirming yet slightly disappointing as well. I was born up North in NY state but have lived in North Carolina since I was six years old. I also grew up in an area of NC that is largely made up of people who were born in other states. Native southerners in NC tell me I have a "northern accent" from time to time; and when I visit relatives in Upstate NY, they tell me I have "southern accent". I've always thought I sound fairly neutral but then again my native southern friends and northern relatives think they sound "neutral" too...all of whom have accents that I can easily hear. My parents definitely still have hints of the nasally northern/great lakes accents that my relatives in NY have but after over 18 years down here it has subdued a little. My siblings who are younger than me have slight southern accents. I like accents; I tend to ham-up a southern accent when surrounded by southerners (especially elderly southerners) or the great lakes accent when visiting that area. I sometimes wish I had one naturally haha EDIT: Nope, looks like City-Data wants to continue to screw up my posts and leave out paragraph spaces I leave and turn my " into stupid HTML terms. Annoying.
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Old 10-29-2013, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Prince George's County, Maryland
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Let's try this again and see if CD will actually format it correctly with the breaks and without inserting HTML... "The Midland"....not where I am from, but the further explanation of "basically, you don't have an accent" is affirming yet slightly disappointing as well. I was born up North in NY state but have lived in North Carolina since I was six years old. I also grew up in an area of NC that is largely made up of people who were born in other states. Native southerners in NC tell me I have a "northern accent" from time to time; and when I visit relatives in Upstate NY, they tell me I have "southern accent". I've always thought I sound fairly neutral but then again my native southern friends and northern relatives think they sound "neutral" too...all of whom have accents that I can easily hear. My parents definitely still have hints of the nasally northern/great lakes accents that my relatives in NY have but after over 18 years down here it has subdued a little. My siblings who are younger than me have slight southern accents. I like accents; I tend to ham-up a southern accent when surrounded by southerners (especially elderly southerners) or the great lakes accent when visiting that area. I sometimes wish I had one naturally haha EDIT: Nope, looks like City-Data wants to continue to screw up my posts and leave out paragraph spaces I leave and turn my " into stupid HTML terms. Annoying.
They'll probably fix it once the entire site goes into its usual scheduled maintenance around 4:10am.
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Columbus/East Alabama.
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I'm from Columbus, Georgia born and raised but for some reason most people think I'm from New Jersey or New York because I guess I don't have you're typical southern accent I've took that quiz before and it said I had a southern accent but for some reason most people down here tend to believe otherwise rather than take my word for it. Most people down here think I'm from up north but those really from up north usually know exactly where I'm from for the most part it never made sense to me because in all honesty I've never been north of Atlanta or west of Alabama for that matter all I really know is my city and the surrounding areas around it so I have no clue where I picked up my accent from.
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Old 10-29-2013, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Shaw.
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Yeah, I was thinking the same. Adding something like how do you pronounce "water" (double d instead of t) would specify NYC/No Jersey/SW CT. Also surprised "Northeast" included RI, where, IMO, half the state has a Boston-ish accent - and where "wicked" is probably used as a modifier more than in Boston itself.

I only got 97% Northeast, but I think the last 12 years of living in Pittsburgh are starting to have an effect.
Philly definitely does not pronounced the "t" as a "t" in wooder. I'm pretty sure that's a generic Northeast thing like Djeet yet?

As for Wicked, that's slang, not an accent. It's nice to know because it reflects on some shared cultural connections and possibly population movements, but it should not be confused with what linguists are primarily concerned about (which is vowel mergers and the like). It seems that the RI accent is hard to place. I used to think it was a part of the greater Boston/eastern NE accent, but it seems linguists put it as a part of the Northeast accent, but with strong Bostonian influences. That sounds like six of one and a half dozen of the other to me, though.
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Old 10-30-2013, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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inland north on the test, but everyone I know says I have a New York Accent.
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:35 AM
 
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Neutral- I am from Arkansas & have only living in North Carolina. You think I'd have a southern accent-glad I don't!!
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