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Apr. 14th, 2005


Your Linguistic Profile:



50% General American English

35% Yankee

10% Dixie

5% Upper Midwestern

0% Midwestern




They missed a regionalism here - bubbler wasn't an option for what the water comes out of.

That quiz so should have had more questions.

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collacentaur
Apr. 14th, 2005 06:18 pm (UTC)
Virginia's in the South - or, at least, it was when I was taught geography in school.
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collacentaur
Apr. 14th, 2005 06:22 pm (UTC)
How not? They're the states on the middle of the Atlantic coast...
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collacentaur
Apr. 14th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
*shrug* There's really nothing under the sun that all people will like...
talanos
Apr. 14th, 2005 06:31 pm (UTC)
The point is, there's a different dialect in the Mid-Atlantic states, ie. PA, NY, NJ, MD, DE. That's the geographical region. Whatever that dialect is called, I can't tell you, but it's not Yankee. People generally pronounce their Rs down here. The Northeast has "Yankee", the South has "Dixie", and then there's those Midwestern folks.

Virginia is completely "Dixie". While it may fall in the geographical region, the dialect is Southern.
collacentaur
Apr. 14th, 2005 06:34 pm (UTC)
Except for Northern Virginia, which is much more like the mid-Atlantic region than it is like the rest of the state. But aside from that I agree with you.
caniswolfie
Apr. 15th, 2005 12:10 am (UTC)
From living in DE and NY, Knew friends from NJ, PA, and MD. There are a lot of different dialects in there. People in DE would think my parents talked funny since they came from NY. And my sister talks differently than me and my parents (having lived most of our lives in NY. So I wouldn't lump them all together. :)
talanos
Apr. 15th, 2005 12:30 am (UTC)
I understand that. It could be said that a Boston accent is different than a Maine accent. I think the general point is that while the test is cool, it is incomplete when dealing with the varying dialects along the East coast. Not to mention a lack of any Southwest or West coast results. While there are many different dialects in our general geographical area, the broadness of the test precludes differentiating between a Philly accent and a New York accent, or a Boston accent for that matter.
caniswolfie
Apr. 15th, 2005 02:45 am (UTC)
A former professor at Harvard did a nice study on language dialects. It's located at:

http://cfprod01.imt.uwm.edu/Dept/FLL/linguistics/dialect/
talanos
Apr. 15th, 2005 06:24 pm (UTC)
Now that's a quiz. Cool stuff.
palingyuan
Apr. 19th, 2005 03:37 am (UTC)
Speaking as a dixie raised person, Yankee talk starts north of the Mason Dixon Line. Y'all just don't realize how similar youz talks up there.