My American Accent

My friend Girl Detective is from the Midwest and her lack of accent gives her away.  Me too.  Interestingly this map seems to avoid Cleveland - I was raised in the eastern suburbs, which might be within that map or not.  This quiz asks 19 questions about how you pronounce various words in relation to one another. 

If you'd like a more detailed survey, have a look at the results of the Dialect Survey that Bert Vaux did at Harvard (now at U of Wisconsin at Milwaukee). But then his survey doesn't pigeon hole you into a region.

What American accent do you have?
Created by Xavier on

Midland. The Midland (please don't confuse with "Midwest") itself is the neutral zone between the North and South. But just because you have a Midland accent doesn't mean you're from there. Since it is considered a neutral, default, "non-regional" accent you could easily be from someplace without its own accent, like Florida, or a big city in the South like Dallas, Houston, or Atlanta.

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?

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jackvinson Author Profile Page said:

This is fun. My brother just told me that he has a "northern" accent, which is more geographically accurate. I guess my moving around the country has changed my speech patterns (or the way I perceive my speech patterns).

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