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Linguistics meme
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This quiz was neat to take for me because it looks at a lot of qualities of pronunciation that I've become very intimate with during my linguistics studies. It's very well put together and cleverly done. I had to try hard to answer how I actually spoke instead of just remembering that a Canadian accent has such-and-so vowel distinctions and such-and-thus vowel-changing processes in certain environments...

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on

Canada. You probably get irritated when British people and Europeans think you're from the States, but over here we wouldn't make a mistake like that.

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We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?

(Via treecipitation, who has the coolest username.)

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Yeah, I've taken a few 'accent placement' quizzes and this one was definitely the most thorough and accurate. It uses a good selection of minimal pairs wherever possible, and explains the sounds and sound differences in terms easily understood by people without linguistics backgrounds.

According to that quiz I have a New York accent.

I have no clue what my accent is (I think you said it sounded slightly French). I guess German with a touch of cockney and a mixture of movie-and-song American English. What I find interesting is that somebody told me it disappears when I sing - and I sound American then.

It's definitely British-influenced, and yeah, slightly French-like.

Strangely, most British pop and rock groups seem to lose their accent when singing. I'm often surprised when I find out a group is British or when I hear them speaking in an interview because the accent is completely different. Maybe there's something about the British-English (and therefore European English) singing tradition that makes the vowel quality change toward a more American-speaking-voice vowel quality. I don't know anything about the history of music-teaching there though, so I can only speculate. :)

It said I was southern. What? I don't know why. I don't sound like a southerner? Do I? maybe I answered wrong somehow? Hmm!

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