My linguistic profile....

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2005/04/16 16:58 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2005/04/16/408871.aspx


While I doubt that it is very scientific, the results were interesting:

Your Linguistic Profile:

70% General American English
20% Yankee
5% Dixie
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern
What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

It actually kind of fits someone who was

With of course lots of random travel and short times in other places in between.

Does not cover those broad midwestern vowels that some people say I still have, but still maybe there is some science buried in there....

(via Heather Hamilton)


# ray on 16 Apr 2005 8:31 PM:

As someone living in the UK and doesnt even know what the term Dixie means, I guess I didnt know what to expect...

60% General American English
20% Yankee
10% Dixie
10% Upper Midwestern

# Michael S. Kaplan on 16 Apr 2005 8:42 PM:

Ah, this indicates an inherent limitation to the test -- its not very internationally savvy, trying to find clues as to what part of the UNITED STATES people are from....

# Igor Tandetnik on 16 Apr 2005 9:07 PM:

I've got

65% General American English
20% Yankee
10% Dixie
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern

Now, before coming to the US 5 years ago, my knowledge of English was purely theoretical, taken from books and textbooks. The 5 years that I'm here in the US, I live in New York. I've given answers consistent with the usage here in New York, according to my observations. Where could Dixie and Upper Midwestern possibly come from?

# CN on 17 Apr 2005 8:10 AM:

60% General American English
30% Yankee
10% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

I am from Sweden and I've only spent a few weeks in any English-speaking countries in total. Still, it was an interesting test to take.

# Jim on 17 Apr 2005 10:20 AM:

Your Linguistic Profile:
80% General American English
10% Dixie
10% Yankee
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

# Mike Williams on 18 Apr 2005 2:08 AM:

40% General American English
40% Yankee
15% Dixie
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern

- After 35+ years in Australia and 5yrs in Seattle WA.

# Michael S. Kaplan on 18 Apr 2005 6:50 AM:

Hey there, Mike. I do not know many people who would consider Australian English to be "American" English, even if their only context is the Crocdile Dundee movies!

# Mike Williams on 19 Apr 2005 6:43 AM:

I can actually use the Microsoft English(US) speech recognizer if I occasionally roll my r's. I even went to donate speech samples for that recognizer when a MicroNews ad asked for native English speakers. The speech folks were actually surprised that people from countries other than the US of A turned up. They made that assumption that I'm always banging on about... y'all remember that?

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