Can the way you speak pinpoint where you’re from?Posted: December 22, 2013
Can your dialect pinpoint where you are from?
It sure pegged me!
Answer the test questions below to see your personal dialect map. Most of the questions used in the quiz are based on those in the Harvard Dialect Survey, a linguistics project begun in 2002 by Bert Vaux and Scott Golder. The original questions and results for that survey can be found on Dr. Vaux’s current website.
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After the first few questions I could tell it was narrowing down already to the pronunciation of “A”. I assume it narrows down differently for everyone. I remember my mom learning French and trying (hysterically) to “cure” herself of that flat Midwestern “A” but even with all her other talents she just had no ear. Remember Henry Higgins from My Fair Lady? Here is Rex Harrison in a clip from the film about dialect…