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Friday, May 26, 2006

Linguistic profile...


Some people are wondering as to how a German person living in Iceland might pronounce the English language. I wondered too. So I did this little quiz you are all welcome to:

Your Linguistic Profile::
50% General American English
25% Yankee
20% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern


let me know how you do! (there are no right or wrong answers;)

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47 Comments:

At 14:51, Blogger snavy said...

My Linguistic Profile:

45% General American English
40% Yankee
5% Dixie
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern

I actually drink from a bubla (water bubbler). And most people around here call sweetened, carbonated beverages tonic -- I did also till I went away to college and got relentlessly teased. Welcome to Massachusetts.

 
At 15:14, Blogger Kyahgirl said...

Hi :-)
I guess is I was an American I'd be this mixture:

Your Linguistic Profile:
50% General American English
20% Yankee
15% Upper Midwestern
5% Dixie
5% Midwestern

Thanks Monika-fun quiz.

 
At 16:54, Blogger Logophile said...

75% General American English
5% Yankee
5% Uppper Midwestern
5% Dixie
5% Midwestern

Was my profile.
Interesting to see everyone else's, fun Minka!!

 
At 18:37, Blogger Cowgirl said...

Here's what I got.
65% General American English
20% Dixie
5% Yankee
5% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

No surprise there!

 
At 18:46, Blogger Fred said...

My profile:

45% General American English
25% Yankee
15% Dixie
5% Midwestern
5% Upper Midwestern

I didn't know I still had that much Yankee left in me.

 
At 18:49, Blogger Minka said...

snav: Massachuseets, East Coast...above Conneticut, right? I have to practice my American geography!

Kyahgirl, you are not American. from which rock did you crawl out under?

Logo, a little bit of everything! Nice!

Cowgirl, 20 percent Dixie? Now I am interested in how you sound :)

 
At 19:15, Blogger Minka said...

ok...now anybody explain to me the characterisitics of a Dixie and Yankee accent! I would just like to know. No phonetically explained charts are necessary though:)

Fred, I think it all looks rather good. I wouldn´t mind talking to you with such an accent :)

 
At 19:33, Blogger Doug said...

50% General American English

15% Dixie

10% Upper Midwestern

10% Yankee

5% Midwestern

Horsepucky, though, I'm 0% yankee and more midwestern than southern.

It's not very accurate to talk about a "Dixie" and a "Yankee" or a Midwestern. I'd say that generally "Dixie" is more British in pronunciation and Yankee more British in vocabulary if that makes any sense. Midwestern is the language of poets, philosophers and hog farmers. Right, Cowgirl?

 
At 19:41, Blogger SquareGirl said...

80% General American English (that seems high, but I think it must be a result of living in Southern Cali. my whole life)

10% Upper midwestern (whatever that is...is that like Fargo?)

5% Yankee

But of course I like to mispronounce words for fun, and really I'm like 95% Square.

 
At 19:42, Anonymous Joel said...

Well I suppose this fits to some degree...we've lived many places around this here country of ours.

45% General American English
20% Dixie
15% Upper Midwestern
15% Yankee
0% Midwestern

 
At 21:10, Blogger Miz BoheMia said...

This is me:

70% General American English
20% Yankee
5% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern


Well, I guess living in the US all those years rubbed off on me! We had family visiting from England today and even though I have somewhat of an accent when I speak English, next to them I sounded totally American!

 
At 00:19, Blogger Minka said...

Doug, horsepuckey? Is that like boohockey and gosh darn it?
Anyways, it says 25& Yankee with me, and that is juts not gonna fly...but we´ll just gloss over it!

Squaregirl, only 95%? Are you sure :)

joel, so why have you moved so much. I always thought of Americans like live-where-you-grew-up-and-met-your-highschool-sweetheart kinda people. Maybe that is a stereotype that I need to revise?

Miz B. there simply wansæt any option for British English. I would have rocked that one:) It is American English and those accents...and although have a totally non-rhotic accent they still attribute 25% yankee to me! These guys have nerves!

 
At 00:25, Blogger Doug said...

Minka, I just noticed your profile only adds up to 95%

Does that mean you're quiet one time out of twenty?

 
At 00:41, Blogger Minka said...

hey, I didnæt even realize that...!
I demand a re-count!
maybe the computer thought my answers made no American sense?!

 
At 00:58, Blogger Doug said...

I went back and checked. Mine add to 90, everyone else seems to be 95% One thing we can be sure of now. That test was written by linguists.

 
At 01:05, Blogger Minka said...

:) yeah...we are a rare bread and not that good with numbers and art for that matter :)
Honest to *insert deity you believe in*, I didn´t notice it!

 
At 02:05, Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

I'm 100% Dixie at heart!!!!

 
At 04:19, Blogger ariel said...

Your Linguistic Profile:
55% General American English
30% Yankee
10% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

this is how I pick up words from dictionary!

 
At 04:33, Blogger Jenna Howard said...

Hm...

60% General American English
20% Yankee
5% Dixie
5% Midwestern
5% Upper Midwestern

And that elusive missing 5%.

I'm not sure how I feel about this since I'm Canadian. Oh well. If they had asked "Do you use the word 'eh' at the end of sentence?" perhaps my marks would have changed to 100% Canadian. Who knows?

 
At 10:58, Blogger Minka said...

Jamie dawn, don´t need a test, do you? :)

Ariel, very similar to mine...might be our foreign influence:)

Jenna...I am starting to think that the rest 5 % are personality, grammatical mistakes and bad words! Doug has only 90 %, so he must use some bad words over the day! :)

 
At 12:20, Blogger consise10 said...

My results were exactly the same as yours Minka.Although a few of the questions were way out in terms of vocabulary I'd use.The one about the 'shopping cart' comes to mind.I call it a 'trolley'
but that was not even an option.
Fun to do I guess!

 
At 12:29, Blogger Minka said...

yeah...I had trolley too, but it wasn´t an option. Quizzes are like that I guess...they are not very individualized:)

 
At 12:38, Blogger consise10 said...

Hey you must be reading my mind...what time is it on your frosty nation?

 
At 13:04, Blogger Minka said...

It is about one in the afternoon and it is not frosty today! Stereotypes! :)

 
At 13:31, Blogger cube said...

I don;t think these quizzes ares terribly accurate but I got:

55% General American English
25% Yankee
10% Dixie
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern

 
At 13:55, Blogger Minka said...

Cube, that is why we do them with a smile and know better :)

 
At 14:31, Blogger Jenna Howard said...

Oh so that missing 5-10% accounts for our cursing? Wow...thought mine would be higher. Huh.

 
At 15:05, Blogger Cowgirl said...

I type "eh" behind things...does that mean I have Canadian somewhere? lol

I think I could come up with a much better linguistics test.

As far as to how I sound...I don't have a drawl, but I am a little twangy.

Doug, I agree about the Midwestern thing.

 
At 16:12, Blogger G said...

I'm originally from New Joisey - enuf said. And no, I have never pronounced it like that in my life:

GA:40%
Yankee: 40%
Dixie 15% (that would explain some of my family's unexplained heritage). I think I answered one question on the line.

Question: What does everyone call those colorful things you put on ice cream?

 
At 17:04, Blogger ariel said...

more ice cream, G? :-P

 
At 17:20, Blogger G said...

Very funny ariel! Actually am laughing - jimmies.

It's the time honored jimmies vs. sprinkles debate. In my metropolitan existence, the only way I get them on a cone is by asking for sprinkles.

 
At 17:20, Blogger Sar said...

I've wondered about your accent, Minka. Let's see, I'm...

60% General American
30% Yankee
5% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

G - you mean sprinkles? Yes please!

For the night before Halloween though, in NJ we called it Goosey Night. And marry was prounounced Maa-ry not Merry. Just like the word orange in NJ was Arr-ange not ore-ange and water was wudder not wahter. Man, I'm a geekette today.

 
At 17:39, Blogger G said...

rainbow or chocolate?

Now see, for a small state NJ has its' various dialects Mine (in order) Mischief Night, mar-ree, are-inge, wawter. Somewhere Webster is rolling over.

My sense is you grew up south of Princeton?

Embrace your geekeetee.

 
At 17:39, Blogger G said...

rainbow or chocolate?

Now see, for a small state NJ has its' various dialects Mine (in order) Mischief Night, mar-ree, are-inge, wawter. Somewhere Webster is rolling over.

My sense is you grew up south of Princeton?

Embrace your geekeetee.

 
At 18:30, Blogger Minka said...

jenna, hey I am with you on that one :)

cowgirl, it is hard to hear your pronunication through my screen...but I am sure your voice is lovely :)

g, welcome and I actually know a girl that comes from the original Jersey, the one in the Bristish Isles! Anyway, I remember in school when she was asked by people where she came from and she said Jersey, they always assumed New Jersey in America...that is not so interesting, stop typing Minka! Anyways...about teh ice-cream thingy...I´d say sprinklers as well! Now I realy want soem ice-cream with chocolate dip and pecan-nuts...Ariel, you with us?

Sar, welcome back from your trip. Hope the Pezes treated you like a Queen, which I am sure they did. Goosey Night? Really! That´s just unaccaptable! :)

g, I grew up east of Princeton...across an ocean...what can I embrace? :)

 
At 18:36, Blogger Sar said...

Oooh, I'd say chocolate sprinkles on mint chocolate chip ice cream!

Actually, G, I'm told my accent is hard to peg since I initially grew up in Southern CA then moved to Northern NJ in middle school. I'm a verbal mutt!

 
At 18:50, Blogger Sar said...

Minka, you can embrace me! :)

One day my pretty German Icelandic sistah...

 
At 18:59, Blogger G said...

I was going to suggest Northern NJ as well..Northwest? Okay not important. Here's to being hard to peg!

Minka - I am sure you can embrace many things about yourself. One for sure is the ability to speak more than one language which we big bad ugly Americans mostly do not. Oh, teh other is your zodiac sign fellow Cancerian. :)

 
At 19:01, Blogger G said...

Forgot, maitre, more ice cream all around, por favor!

 
At 20:05, Blogger barefoot_mistress said...

75% general American English
25% valley girl

Hey, I like totally cant help it, OK?

 
At 21:39, Anonymous Heike said...

O.k., here's my profile

45% General American English
20% Dixie
20% Yankee
5% Upper Midwestern
0% Midwestern

Perhaps I should mention that I have never been out of Europe.


Something else: I just looked at "Veður" and I am really shocked. What it happening there in Iceland?
I mean the weather here in Germany is kind of strange too. This morning it was quite cold and during the day I felt like in Iceland. The weather changed every five minutes and since I live here, I have never seen it raining like that. Crazy world!

Guess - if I will come to Iceland in September - there will be sunshine and 20°C ... :-)

 
At 22:00, Blogger Minka said...

Sar, big hug coming your way! What the heck..another one as well!

barefoot mistress, well there´s a surprise! :) But at leats you gave General American a chance :)

Heike...wait a sec! Are you hinting that you might come in Septemeber? well, do you? has teh countryside been alerted? I haven´t found you a decent Icelandic guy yet...so much to do and so little time to do it in!

 
At 00:25, Blogger tsduff said...

50% General American English
25% Yankee
20% Dixie
0% Midwestern
0% Upper Midwestern

Not much variety there. I was born and raised in California. I do say ice box instead of refrigerator, but I don't think that has much to do with where I was raised...more like when I was raised - ha ha ha. Mom always said ice box. What do you say in Iceland? Ich spreche (sp) keine deutsch.

 
At 00:31, Blogger Minka said...

Terry, we say isskapur here in Iceland.
"Is" is for ice and "skapur" means closet. Yes, we are very inventive when it comes to new words.
In german it is "Kuehlschrank" translates to freezing closet :)
And that was one good German line! *bows*

 
At 23:16, Blogger Tim Rice said...

Minka, I'm close to your results; but you can check it out on my Fingerprints blog at http://fingerprints10.blogspot.com if you want to.

 
At 17:53, Blogger Bill Scott, Sr. said...

My Linguistic Profile:
55% General American English
15% Dixie
15% Yankee
5% Midwestern
5% Upper Midwestern

How is life there in Iceland? I have always wanted to visit there.

Bill

 
At 19:04, Blogger Minka said...

Hi Bill, welcome...it seems like we all are pretty similar, although coming from toatlly different parts of the world :) Who would have thought? :)

 

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