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Old 07-16-2008, 10:56 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Take the quiz and see what kind of accent you have.

What American accent do you have?

Im from NYC (The Bronx) and I got:

Your Result:The Northeast

Judging by how you talk you are probably from north Jersey, New York City, Conneticut or Rhode Island. Chances are, if you are from New York City (and not those other places) people would be able to tell if they actually heard you speak.

The rest came out like this

Philadelphia
The Inland North
The Midland
The South
Boston
The West
North Central


Wow.....I never knew.
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:13 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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I took the test a little bit ago and have a North Central accent. The other accents that came close were the West and Midland accents. I have taken this type of test a few months back and had a Midland accent. My friend from New York thinks that I have a Midwest accents and Southerners and a friend from the west coast think that I have have a Minnesota-like accent. I think that I have both. In the Sioux Falls area, there is both Midlands and North Central accents and more Midlands towards Omaha and more Minnesota north of Sioux Falls.

Most people from outside the Midwest think that I have a slight Minnesota-Fargo accent that is noticeable but not as strong as others with the accent. I have a habit of saying "ja" (sounds like yah) instead of yes and hang on to my o's a little long, especially when saying South Dakota or Minnesota. You bettcha, you know. I sometimes like to exaggerate the Minnesota-Fargo accent, but in good measure.

It is interesting how each of us have a different way of speaking. Not bad, but it is unique and spices things up.

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Old 07-16-2008, 11:18 PM
 
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Birmingham, Alabama

The Midland 95%
The West 84%;
The South 54%;
Boston 50%;
North Central 46%;
The Inland North 33%;
Philadelphia 27%;
The Northeast 21%;

o_O, nahuh, sumin's wrong
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:19 PM
 
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What American accent do you have?
Your Result: Philadelphia

Your accent is as Philadelphian as a cheesesteak! If you're not from Philadelphia, then you're from someplace near there like south Jersey, Baltimore, or Wilmington. if you've ever journeyed to some far off place where people don't know that Philly has an accent, someone may have thought you talked a little weird even though they didn't have a clue what accent it was they heard.

[in descending order after Philly]:

The South
The Midland
The Northeast
The Inland North
The West
Boston
North Central

Hmmm, I've lived most of my life in the Boston metro area. Hmmmm.

Okay, the other places I've lived have definitely had an influence, and mostly I've lived in Bahstin's suburbs, where the accent isn't very pronounced. Interesting that the combination of it all adds up to Philly. Hmmm. Surprised that Boston didn't score higher. Hmmmm.

In truth, I've often thought that a linguist who specialized in researching acquisition of language would find me a good research subject, because of the little of this accent and little of that accent I've picked up at various times in my life, and how it's all mixed together. I even lived at very early ages, which I've heard is largely when a lot of your pronunciation of various sounds gets wired in, in settings where I must have heard the accents of people from all over the U.S., and even likely from other countries, as I lived on a military base until the age of two, then for the next year in a neighborhood adjacent to a university. Everywhere I go, people think I'm from somewhere other than that place, even places I've lived for a number of years. I think people tend not to notice the pronunciations they're used to hearing all the time, so it would make sense that someone with a mix of accents would sound like an outsider anywhere.

But Philly? I've never lived there. Visited the area three times in my life. Whod'a thunk it?

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Old 07-16-2008, 11:29 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Midlands. You are probably from Pennsylvania, (yes), etc. But my highest %, about 80% was western. I have lived in the west longer than in Pennsylvania. I feel I have a "mixed" accent. The real Pittsburgh accent is very strange. Remember Mr. Rogers? But I never really had it, b/c, I think, my mom wasn't from there. She was from Wisconsin. In my adult life, I have lived in Illinois for 7 yrs, Colorado for 28, and in NY, PA, DE, and CA for shorter times.
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:32 PM
 
Location: southern california
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houstonian. s. californian.

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Old 07-16-2008, 11:34 PM
 
Location: South Dakota
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Midlands. You are probably from Pennsylvania, (yes), etc. But my highest %, about 80% was western. I have lived in the west longer than in Pennsylvania. I feel I have a "mixed" accent. The real Pittsburgh accent is very strange. Remember Mr. Rogers? But I never really had it, b/c, I think, my mom wasn't from there. She was from Wisconsin. In my adult life, I have lived in Illinois for 7 yrs, Colorado for 28, and in NY, PA, DE, and CA for shorter times.
Do you come across too many people with the North Central (Minnesota-Fargo) accents in your area?
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:36 PM
 
Location: yeah
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Californian
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:37 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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Do you come across too many people with the North Central (Minnesota-Fargo) accents in your area?
Too many? No, not really. They are all welcome! That is a joke. Yes, there are lots of Minnesotans here, also N. Dakotans, more than S. Dakotans. They lose some of their accent over the years here.
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Old 07-16-2008, 11:42 PM
 
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Eh. I don't think this is legit.

My results didn't seem quite right, and aside from that, accents are much more specific than just region (example: there's a big difference between a Lousiana accent and a Virginia accent, although both are considered southern).

Anyway, I'd describe my accent as mostly a General American accent, with some "WI vowels" (i.e., the way I say words like "bag", "flag", "no", etc.).
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