What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Northern. Whether you have the world famous Inland North accent of the Great Lakes area, or the radio-friendly sound of upstate NY and western New England, your accent is what used to set the standard for American English pronunciation (not much anymore now that the Inland North sounds like it does).

If you are not from the North, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A Southerner who hates Southern accents and tries really hard to "talk right"; or
(b) A New Yorker or New Jerseyan who doesn't have the full accent

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?





Born in Chicago, raised in the suburbs with WFMT classical radio and PBS...yep, the old Inland North would be it. I say "Shihcawgo" as opposed to "Shihcagga," which is a pretty major distinction.

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From: [identity profile] schnee.livejournal.com


Same for me:

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on Memegen.net

Northern. Whether you have the world famous Inland North accent of the Great Lakes area, or the radio-friendly sound of upstate NY and western New England, your accent is what used to set the standard for American English pronunciation (not much anymore now that the Inland North sounds like it does).

If you are not from the North, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A Southerner who hates Southern accents and tries really hard to "talk right"; or
(b) A New Yorker or New Jerseyan who doesn't have the full accent

Take this quiz now - it's easy!
We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?
Same, no wait I mean different, maybe, a little bit different...
Same
Different


From: [identity profile] jessie-c.livejournal.com


So, like what to we do if we're from the Great White Wet North, eh?

From: [identity profile] aureantes.livejournal.com


Hmm....I guess there ought to be another quiz for Canadian accents -- otherwise you're likely to come off as Northern (or Western or Eastern...?) with longer vowels in the 'o' range. Funny how much Canada gets overlooked as a major English-speaking region, ainit?

From: [identity profile] jessie-c.livejournal.com


I blame Quebec. They hog most of Canada's international publicity. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

From: [identity profile] ishtar-artemis.livejournal.com


What this meme doesn't take into account, however, is that the flavour and content of my speech, as well as my spelling is *not* typically from the Western U.S. as the results would seem to indicate. Having grown up in a multi-cultural environment as well as having acquired an international smorgasbord of friends over the years, I use words and expressions on a daily basis that would confuse the sharpest linguist. Moreover, some accents other than typical Western American also tend to slip into my speech from time to time. I like to keep everyone on their toes. ; )

From: [identity profile] aureantes.livejournal.com


True...when taking a quiz like this, even though I already know where I'm supposed to end up, I have to remember to exclude things that I simply can do (or even tend to do frequently, because I use other accents and languages for the hell of it on a daily basis) and really keep it narrowed down to what I most automatically use. It actually took me a bit of time to develop an everyday accent consistent with my region, because I used to have a rather pronounced British enunciation as a matter of habit (from both classical voice training and watching alot of PBS). When I was in highschool, people would occasionally ask how long I'd been here, and I still slip into that sort of genteel and soft-spoken mode very easily, whenever it seems to fit better than the harder and more aggressive "old Chicago" conversational accent.
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