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If you grew up speaking American English... 
2nd-May-2008 08:56 pm
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What dialect do you speak?

I came up as 41% Yankee — "just barely Yankee" — which I guess makes sense: Boston/California on one side, Tennessee/Idaho/Oregon/California on the other, born & raised in California by parents who were* both big ol' language geeks**. (I lost track of how many times I heard my mother grumble "It's miss-cheh-vuss, not miss-chee-vee-uss, dammit!")

One pronunciation quirk that I don't usually see in dialect quizzes like this is the characteristically Californian raising and flattening of vowels (which is something I consciously work against, but which comes out more strongly when I'm tired, I think). I remember Mom saying to me once, regarding my friend Tobin, "His name's toh-bin, dammit, not teww-bin."

"Mom," I said, "he's a Californian. His name's teww-bin."

Also, um, the characteristically Californian lack of enunciation, especially when tired. Mom used to rant about how all her Beginning Acting students had terminal cases of "California Wooden-Lip".

I think that although I inherited my language-geek inclinations from both parents, for Dad the geekery mostly manifests relative to the written word, but for Mom (the director and theatre professor) it most often manifested regarding the spoken word.

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*One still is, luckily.

**Do I even need to say "and I mean this in the most positive, loving way possible, because I are one"? Surely not.
3rd-May-2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
I seem to recall taking that quiz, although it was less dynamically Javascripty back when. Almost all of my answers are coming up "common throughout entire US", which doesn't seem to discriminate very much. My regional dialects are all over the map, according to the inline comments. However:

"100% (Dixie). Is General Lee your father?"

Yee-haw! Hey, ma, I needs more grits ta go with my po-boy!

Hmm. Exactly the same answers via Opera rather than Safari gives me "57% (Dixie). Barely into the Dixie category.". That's.. interesting. Probably more accurate, as other quizzes rank me near the middle of the Mason-Dixon line, but the discrepancy makes me doubt the overall veracity of this particular quiz quite a lot.
3rd-May-2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
C'mon, people. It's one thing for the quiz itself to be completely scientifically invalid (I kind of expect that), but at least have the programming side of it right!
3rd-May-2008 06:02 pm (UTC)
I prefer the quizzes in Russian where I have no idea what my answers were nor what the result turned out to me. They often have stunning images, though.
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