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Old 08-21-2008, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Elkins, WV
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Also, what's your hometown area?

I grew up near Lansing, Michigan and pronounce "cot" and "caught" differently. Also "Don" and "Dawn" sound different.
I pronounce both the same... "cot" and "caught" and "Don" and "dawn"

Hometown is Elkins, WV
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Old 09-15-2008, 09:14 AM
 
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I don't know how you can pronounce them differently, North Dakota.
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Old 09-15-2008, 09:16 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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Being from the Midwest like the OP, I pronounce cot and caught differently. However, people from New England I would bet pronounce it the same.
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Old 09-15-2008, 11:10 AM
 
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Here is a funny web site on accents. Everytime I do the test I end up with a Philadelphia accent... lol

What American accent do you have?
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Old 11-06-2008, 11:36 PM
 
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I'm from southern upstate New York, and if you believe that the dialect maps are correct, then I'm an odd case.

The area I live in is supposed to be part of the "Inland North" region, which is characterized by a full "Mary/marry/merry" merger, and a lack of the "cot/caught" and "don/dawn" mergers. I have both the "cot/caught" and "don/dawn" mergers, and my "Mary/marry/merry" merger is incomplete ("Mary" and "marry" sound the same, "merry" is distinct). On the whole, my speech tends more toward a mish-mash of New England, New York City (my mother's from Brooklyn), and Midland, with some speech patterns and vocabulary from the Southern Midland (or Appalachian) accent (a light version of which is oddly prevalent in the rural areas here).
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Old 11-07-2008, 08:21 PM
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I don't know how you can pronounce them differently, North Dakota.
Easy! Here is the way:

As a native Texan, the small, temporary "bed" one might sleep on is pronounced "cot". Exactly as it is spelled. However, "caught" is pronounced "kawt"
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Old 11-07-2008, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I pronounced both the same...same goes for don and dawn.

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Here is a funny web site on accents. Everytime I do the test I end up with a Philadelphia accent... lol

What American accent do you have?
"Your accent is the lowest common denominator of American speech. Unless you're a SoCal surfer, no one thinks you have an accent. And really, you may not even be from the West at all, you could easily be from Florida or one of those big Southern cities like Dallas or Atlanta."
Dang...they hit the nail on the head...

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Old 11-07-2008, 10:10 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Here is a funny web site on accents. Everytime I do the test I end up with a Philadelphia accent... lol

What American accent do you have?
The Inland North, 100%. I'm from Michigan.

Don & dawn, cot & caught are different.
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Old 11-11-2008, 04:58 PM
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Here is a funny web site on accents. Everytime I do the test I end up with a Philadelphia accent... lol

What American accent do you have?

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Northeast


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


This quiz is crap, I'm from Chicago
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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I always get Philadelphia on those quizzes too. My mother's from Philly.
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