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View Poll Results: What accent do I have?
New England 3 12.00%
Mid-Atlantic 4 16.00%
Southern 4 16.00%
Midlands 3 12.00%
Inland North/Great Lakes 7 28.00%
Western 4 16.00%
Some other American region 0 0%
Voters: 25. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 02-26-2017, 10:02 PM
 
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I'm interested in studying differences in regional accents across the United States, and I'm curious to know which region my own accent best reflects. I've provided URLs to three brief recordings of my voice below for analysis:

1. http://vocaroo.com/i/s0ZMDhl5aGXi (Part of my voicemail greeting)

In the following recording, I pronounce the following accent tag words:

Aunt, Roof, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught, Naturally, Aluminium, Envelope

2. http://vocaroo.com/i/s1rPhZKbW92C

3. http://vocaroo.com/i/s1JZPgkDU5Un (Elicitation paragraph from the GMU Speech Accent Archive)

Some clarifications about the poll options:

"New England" includes Boston.

"Mid-Atlantic" includes New York City, New Jersey, and/or Philadelphia.

"Western" is, very broadly speaking, anything west of the Mississippi River.

Last edited by agun77; 02-26-2017 at 10:50 PM..
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Old 02-26-2017, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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What fun! I loved listening to your voice and accent. Without looking at your poll first, my impression was a touch of New Jersey. You could have been from California for how you pronounced many things, but there was that nasal way you pronounced "a" sounds and the way you kind of elongated the "a" sounds in a nasal way, that makes me think of New Jersey.

And when I googled it, New Jersey didn't seem to fit into your categories - not mid-Atlantic or New England, so wasn't sure how to vote in your poll.
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Old 02-26-2017, 11:05 PM
 
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Originally Posted by NoMoreSnowForMe View Post
What fun! I loved listening to your voice and accent. Without looking at your poll first, my impression was a touch of New Jersey. You could have been from California for how you pronounced many things, but there was that nasal way you pronounced "a" sounds and the way you kind of elongated the "a" sounds in a nasal way, that makes me think of New Jersey.

And when I googled it, New Jersey didn't seem to fit into your categories - not mid-Atlantic or New England, so wasn't sure how to vote in your poll.
For the purposes of this poll, I meant for "Mid-Atlantic" to include New York City, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and/or Baltimore. I now realize that this grouping might not be so optimal given the not-insignificant variation across these areas, but unfortunately, I can't change the poll options. I edited my original post to provide extra clarification for some of the regions in the poll.

I'm glad you liked listening to my voice!
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Old 02-26-2017, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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Sounds like New York, maybe not New York City though, idk. You got a bit of that Great Lakes thing going on. Interesting, I did a little quiz earlier online though that was from clicking answers. I'm gonna record myself saying these things see what people think, and compare to what the quiz told me! Vocaroo | Voice message
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Old 02-27-2017, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Coupan!
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Old 02-27-2017, 02:08 PM
 
Location: USA
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Sounds like Northeast but I hear some New York and Jersey in you.

Your "Roof" sounds like "Woof" and the way you say "Ruin" sounds like it starts with a W. It rolls off your tongue very differently if it begins with an R. Though if your R is placed in the middle of the word, like Syrup, it sounds fine...

The way you said "Caught" sounded VERY much like a New Yorker. You should have added Coffee to validate that claim.
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Old 02-27-2017, 06:39 PM
 
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Sounds like Northeast but I hear some New York and Jersey in you.

Your "Roof" sounds like "Woof" and the way you say "Ruin" sounds like it starts with a W. It rolls off your tongue very differently if it begins with an R. Though if your R is placed in the middle of the word, like Syrup, it sounds fine...

The way you said "Caught" sounded VERY much like a New Yorker. You should have added Coffee to validate that claim.
Sample sentence: "Tom usually starts his day with a hot cup of coffee."

http://vocaroo.com/i/s1PgIldEySIT
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Old 02-27-2017, 07:20 PM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I think that to someone in the know about such things ( not me!) the way you pronounce 'Bob' would be a dead give away. The best guess I can come up with is the northeast somewhere, definitely not southern though, lol
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Old 02-27-2017, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I listened to all three recordings and voted for the Inland North / Great Lakes option.

His speech sounds nothing like NYC or Boston or anywhere in New England at all. If I were to guess, I would say somewhere like Rochester or Buffalo or even Detroit. Somewhere in the Great Lakes region.
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Old 02-27-2017, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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Great Lakes!

Coupaaahhhn
Her brother Bab
Tam usually starts his day with a hat cup of coffee.
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