Saturday, November 26, 2011

Great Lakes English

What American accent do you have?
Your Result: The Inland North
 

You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."

The Northeast
 
Philadelphia
 
The Midland
 
The South
 
Boston
 
The West
 
North Central
 
What American accent do you have?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

As a linguist by trade (and a cunning one at that), I give my imprimatur to Xavier Kun's assessment device, which focuses on the all-important vowels — What Kind of American Accent Do You Have? I do, however, have some issues with the evaluation.

Anyone who gets the question "Are you from Chicago?" (some Texans once asked me, "Are you from England?") speaks "Standard English straight out of the dictionary," or at least Standard American English, or so I learned fifteen years ago when I was studying this stuff. Perhaps Mr. Kun thinks "The Midland" is home to Standard American English, which is fine by me. Normally, those in power set the standard, but this is not true in America; otherwise, we'd all be speaking like Manhattanites or the denizens of Hollywood. And, yes, I call carbonated drinks "pop," or at least did so before living overseas for so many years where everybody says "soda."

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