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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Y'all have accents, but we don't

Here's very interesting site where someone has mapped North American dialects.  You can click on an area and You-tube links are shown where you can hear the spoken dialects.

As I have said many times, I live in an area where we have no accent. This site indicates I live in Central Midland, the "Least distinctive dialect in the U.S."   His map indicates South Florida residents speak a similar way.

According to my SIL, who has a degree in linguistics in addition to computer engineering, we do have a quirky use of words in Central Illinois.  In most parts of the country "any more" is used in the negative (i.e. I don't want any more), but in our area we also use the words "any more" in the positive to mean "nowadays" (i.e. Any more I enjoy doing that.).  So we don't have accents around here, but we like to rearrange words to keep people guessing what we really mean.


Red Shoes said...

Ah dont gats no steenkin' acksent...

Happy New Year to you!!!


Stacy said...

I'm from Pennsylvania which won the "honor" of being the most linguistically complicated state with 5 distinct dialects. I live in the heart of the Pittsburgh zone. So I don't no whut yunz is talkin about.

Catch Her in the Wry said...

shews: New Happy Year to you, too.

Jon said...

I grew up in Wilmington, DE, but have been in the upper Midwest for most of the last 40 years. I thought I had assimilated rather well. My brother pointed me toward a short quiz about pronunciation and it concluded I was "as Philly as cheesesteak". You can't imagine my disappointment. I needa glassa wooter.

Catch Her in the Wry said...

Stacy: The Pennsylvania people I know say "abowoot", not about.

Jon: So you don't say "You betcha" very often?