American accent test

Dennis Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Mon Mar 24 10:27:04 UTC 2008

As Labov says, Philadelphia is the US's northernmost southern city.
(Got to pick and choose your features to make that true.)


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>Poster:       Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
>Subject:      Re: American accent test
>For me, it missed by a mile, saying that I'm from Philadelphia.
>However, if I interpreted the bar graph on the answer page correctly,
>the Philly accent isn't very far removed from the Southern accent.
>IMO, though, this is simply unbelievable.
>On 3/23/08, Tom Zurinskas <truespel at> wrote:
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>>   Subject:      American accent test
>>   This site tries to locate your American accent.  For me it came
>>close, but just missed.
>>   Tom Zurinskas, USA - CT20, TN3, NJ33, FL5+
>>   See - and the 4 truespel books plus "Occasional
>>Poems" at
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Dennis R. Preston
University Distinguished Professor
Department of English
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Michigan State University
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