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quizzes, and such

in answer to melissa's question of "how did you escape [your family] without an accent?", the answer is: serious practice.  during the process, i also tried to stop using words and phrases that reek of the south...  i guess it paid off.  :)

Your Linguistic Profile:

60% General American English
25% Yankee
10% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern


and i guess my italian grandparents would be proud...

Your Inner European is Italian!
Passionate and colorful.
You show the world what culture really is.

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(Anonymous)
Apr. 20th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC)
Options missing
As a thrown togeather sampler of American English ist ok. There are some things they need to add. If its raining while the sun is shining thats liquid sunshine. What the hell is a cruller? I'm not impressed with the multiple choice format, I think it may lead to some errors. For instance I understand Devil's night and while I don't use it myself if asked to name the night before halloween I might call it that for lack of a better term. I think the question would be better asked: Do you use a term for the night before halloween and if so what term? With no options.

This is a much more scientific survay I've known about for some time.
http://cfprod01.imt.uwm.edu/Dept/FLL/linguistics/dialect/

Compare their data to your vocbulary.


As far as how dod you lose your accent? A strong accent that deviates from Standard Midwestern english is generally sign of lack of education (for whatever reason your own intelligence or really bad scholling), a sign of poverty, which often goes hand in hand with lack of education, or a lack of exposure to the larger world, again often tied to extreme poverty or rural isolation. It isnt difficult for any reasonably intelligent person to drop the southern accent, or pick up a new one at will. However this test want about accent, it was word choice which is harder to overcome. People change accents depending on thier audience, my uncle when in England spoke what we consider American to me but when talking to Brits he had a distinctly British accent. His word choices wern't British unless he made a concious effort. Listening to word choices (and the pronounciation of certain words and aunt) tells you more about where are person is from or the influnences on their growing up that thier accent. Listen to Lauren speak sometime, its fascinating to hear the choices she make its a stange mishmash of Midwestern, southern and something else.

Shawn

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