By Stephanie Ciccarelli
March 24, 2008
If you live in the United States, you're likely aware that there are a handful of regional accents across that great country of yours, many of which are immediately recognizable before even three words are strung together.
We've found a map that details the boundaries of each of the major regional American dialects.
Where do you fit in?
There are eight different geographical areas marked on that map each with its own unique linguistic characteristics.
You may recall that a while ago we took part in a fun quiz that helped you to identify which American regional accent you had.
By virtue of where we are located in Canada's Great Lakes region, the accent that best matched our way of speaking was the "Inland North".
The results for Inland North said:
You may think you speak "Standard English straight out of the dictionary" but when you step away from the Great Lakes you get asked annoying questions like "Are you from Wisconsin?" or "Are you from Chicago?" Chances are you call carbonated drinks "pop."
Accents Associated with Public Figures
If you take a look at Wikipedia.org, there is an entry dedicated to American English Regional Differences.
In the entry, the sounds of American speech are also identified with a number of public figures:
Ted Kennedy speaks with a Boston accent, while Jimmy Carter speaks with a Southern coastal accent. Chuck Schumer speaks with a New York accent. The North Midlands speech is familiar to those who have heard Neil Armstrong, John Glenn and Hillary Clinton, while Bill Clinton, Al Gore and Robert Byrd speak with South Midland accents. Comedians Mel Brooks and Ray Romano retain typical New York accents while Jack Black and Pauly Shore have the standard sound of southern California.
Have you noticed that you have a regional accent?
If so, have you found a way to use it to your advantage or have you had to overcome it?
Looking forward to hearing from you!
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