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Dialect Map-Update: British & Irish Version
« on: April 30, 2021, 11:02:19 AM »
I spent my first 35 years in northern California, with a couple of summers in Ohio. I didn't notice any appreciable dialect differences between Nor-Cal and AZ when we moved to Phoenix 19 years ago. My husband showed an affinity for the great lakes region of the U.S. in areas neither he nor his family have spent any time.

Update: There is a British & Irish version of the same dialect quiz, also at nytimes:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/02/15/upshot/british-irish-dialect-quiz.html

A few of the quiz questions will change if you choose to take it more than once.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/dialect-quiz-map.html?campaign_id=9&emc=edit_nn_20210430&instance_id=29989&nl=the-morning&regi_id=121889768&segment_id=56889&te=1&user_id=12ca78623f81ab7a6fc042cbb10c915d



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Re: Dialect Map
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2021, 11:45:56 AM »
Interesting, I sound mostly like my area.


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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2021, 11:50:04 AM »
Fun! Put me spot on in Ohio/Michigan. Grew up in Ohio. Lived in Michigan for 7 years as an adult. I resisted Wisconsinese the five adult years I lived there. And I resisted like all get out talking Southern the two thirds of my adult life living in the South.

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Re: Dialect Map
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2021, 12:30:28 PM »
It put me with a West Coast accent, :shocked: where I have never been.  :grin: It also says I am most different from my home area, which has a distinctive dialect, the Pittsburgh "Yinzer" area. My PA homies say I sound like a Southerner, but the Okies say I sound like a Yankee. 45 years in Oklahoma,  Tennessee, Florida and Texas will do that.



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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2021, 12:49:43 PM »
I love this stuff. Accents where I grew up in central IL were and are all over the place. My grandmother said the word "door" with 2 syllables - "dower"  :grin:

People there seem to speak with more of a drawl as they get older. I went to school with a lot of the Chicago boys and absorbed some of the expressions, if not the accent - "or no" instead of "or not" and the dangling preposition "come with"

Of course SW Ohio is much the same, but you can always spot the Cincinnati native by their use of "please?" instead of "what?" if they need you to repeat something.

My personal favorite is the Pittsburgh "yinzer". Look up "Pittsburgh Dad" or "Greg and Donny" on YouTube - they're great!

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Re: Dialect Map
« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2021, 01:16:17 PM »
I've never lived in any English-speaking country -

The quiz put me in New York City, Jersey City or Yonkers - - -  :grin:
Least similar to Little Rock, Glendale and Phoenix.



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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2021, 02:13:10 PM »
I've never lived in any English-speaking country -

The quiz put me in New York City, Jersey City or Yonkers - - -  :grin:
Least similar to Little Rock, Glendale and Phoenix.

Are you Norwegian or otherwise Scandinavian?

If so, that's funny because we keep all those in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and those folks sound nothing like the NY/NJ area!  :laugh:
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« Reply #9 on: April 30, 2021, 02:22:45 PM »
I also love this. I'm originally from NH and most people can't guess where I'm from.
Living for the last 40 years in Mass where there are at least 3 different dialects.
Typical metro Boston, western Mass where they sound more like NYers and southern
where they sound more like RI. You'd never know they were from the same state!
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« Reply #10 on: April 30, 2021, 02:54:23 PM »
GG thank you for posting.
Spot on for me and where I'm from. It identified 3 cities where they sound like me: Minneapolis/St. Paul, Madison (best 5 years of my life) and Milwaukee - pronounced M'waukee by those, like me, who are from here.  :thumb:
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« Reply #11 on: April 30, 2021, 03:03:05 PM »
no where near enough colors on that map...
please let me know where you got it, I will mail them a box of 64 Crayons post haste !
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« Reply #12 on: April 30, 2021, 03:12:28 PM »
My general area , but i live in Connecticut 6 miles south of Hartford.





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« Reply #13 on: April 30, 2021, 03:22:02 PM »
Pretty much nailed me in western and central New York. That said, I know of at least 5 different dialects in New York State alone. Dialect referring to pronunciation vs a specific word for something. Buffalo and Rochester are different despite being only about 60 miles apart. Then there is the North Country, Capitol Region, an of course New York City.
Those from the City would likely divide it up to 2-3 more dialects.

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« Reply #14 on: April 30, 2021, 03:37:11 PM »
   It shows my dialect is from Salt Lake City Utah, Omaha and Lincoln Nebraska  which is kind of odd because I grew up Southern California and Taiwan then spent my adult years in Seattle, Boise and Tucson with 3 years in Army  and 20+ years at Sea. I also spent a couple of years in Lake Charles LA.
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Re: Dialect Map
« Reply #15 on: April 30, 2021, 03:49:45 PM »
I'm the type of person who unconsciously adjusts my speech to match those around me - sometimes for the worse!  :laugh:

I "mirror" speech patterns and mannerisms, too. It's said that most people mirror subconsciously.
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« Reply #16 on: April 30, 2021, 04:28:59 PM »
Well that's interesting. Thanks for posting this GG

The three most similar cities are Detroit, Toledo (ok they're similar) and Columbus, Georgia. Wait, Columbus Georgia is similar to Detroit and Toledo?  :shocked:

Still makes some sense. I was born and raised in the metro Detroit area. Moved to the Upper Peninsula for college and lived there for 5 years, then moved to Missouri in 1984 where I've lived ever since. I thought I might have some Tennessee, which I guess is where the Georgia came from. My Dad was from Tennessee and I've spent time there every year for my entire life. Last month a guy in Tennessee made the comment, "You're from up north aren't you?" yet one of my life long friends from Detroit insists I now have a "southern accent".

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« Reply #17 on: April 30, 2021, 05:06:23 PM »
Springfield Mo, Tulsa and Amarillo.   I live midway in OKC.  Nailed me.
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« Reply #18 on: April 30, 2021, 05:45:27 PM »
Are you Norwegian or otherwise Scandinavian?

If so, that's funny because we keep all those in Wisconsin and Minnesota, and those folks sound nothing like the NY/NJ area!  :laugh:

YOU nailed it, OldMojo!
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Have more relatives in North Dakota than here, though.
There have been several visits both ways, but I guess the dialect hasn't rubbed off.  :grin:

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« Reply #19 on: April 30, 2021, 06:03:30 PM »
     Pin-pointed me. Milwaukee. Now in Tampa. When I first started working here people asked me what country I was from.

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« Reply #20 on: April 30, 2021, 06:22:43 PM »
Surprisingly accurate for me



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« Reply #21 on: April 30, 2021, 06:28:56 PM »
It won’t let me chose more than one answer. Mmm.
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« Reply #22 on: April 30, 2021, 06:32:44 PM »
When we moved from Portsmouth, NH back to Michigan my daughters teacher wanted to put her in speech therapy because of her New England pronunciation.  We fought it and let her keep the accent until it gradually went away without any special instruction.  Prejudice in our school systems.

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« Reply #23 on: April 30, 2021, 06:49:24 PM »
 The words and phrases we use are revealing. When I was a lad in the early sixties living in central Texas young kids referred to coke, pepsi, 7-up etc as pop, while the over 50 folks called it soda water.
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« Reply #24 on: April 30, 2021, 09:09:09 PM »
Most of the terms were pretty neutral but 'mischief night' and 'sneakers' put me in Northeast NJ / Essex County which IS where I grew up. The funny thing is when I'm in my hometown area the locals ask me where I'm from since I don't sound like someone from the Soprano's (even though there were two, uh, "families" on the street where I lived).


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« Reply #25 on: May 01, 2021, 08:17:14 AM »
I don't have an accent.  You do.
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« Reply #26 on: May 01, 2021, 08:48:15 AM »
Both of my parents were from Mississippi and they kept soft southern accents until they passed. My sister and I were born in West Virginia and the family moved a lot over the years. Residences include Upstate NY, NYC, OH, PA, DE, VA, NC, NJ, & TN. All places east of the Mississippi River. The map has me pegged! At least I can order a grinder, hoagie, sub or poor boy depending on where I might be. My sister moved a lot with her Air Force husband and tended to pick up local dialects. Whenever we spoke on the 'phone I could usually tell where she was by her then current accent. Back in my birth state of WV for the past 17 years and still no twang.

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« Reply #27 on: May 01, 2021, 09:07:47 AM »
Put me in Al and I’m in center NC, however the deep south was all about the same color, red zone. I wonder if that indicates RED NECK? If so I’m sorely offended 🤔🤣🤣😂🤣😂
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« Reply #28 on: May 01, 2021, 09:29:33 AM »
Spot on! I'm from Springfield, Mo. it gave me Springfield, OP, Kan or Wichita. Springfield has a bunch of call centers for telemarketing because of our lack of accent. (Ya'll) : )
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Spot on for me. Solidly CT.
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