Lexica (lexica510) wrote,
Lexica
lexica510

  • Mood:

If you grew up speaking American English...

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.

via Metafilter

*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.
Subscribe

  • It's not me, it's you

    Huh. I just now noticed that somebody who unfriended me lo-these-many-months-if-not-years-ago not only unfriended me, they deleted one or more…

  • …could we maybe not make it THAT overt?

    During my junior high and high school years, my mother was a theater professor. Every spring, the department did a Shakespearean comedy. One year, it…

  • The paradox of sewing

    As I sit here pinning gathered ruffles onto a skirt (OMG I HATE GATHERING I AM BUYING A RUFFLER FOOT AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY) I find myself…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 3 comments