Neat Little Internet Quizzes

April 18, 2005

Do you love taking multiple choice surveys, but worry that the surveys you take don’t have a thick enough veneer of social scientific rigor to allow you to admit you’ve taken them?  Well, worry no more.  These surveys at will satisfy all your dreams of fufilling the grand, Socratic injunction to know thyself simply by filling in little bubbles.

(Hat tip: Matthew Yglesias.)

Some of the quizzes are a bit personal.  But here’s a question appropriate for public discussion among the millions of strangers on the internet: Just how regional is your idiolect of American English?   Mine turns out to be overwhelmingly "Yankee".   (You already might have guessed this–and in particular that I’ve been infected with that annoying sociolect "Harvard" within "Yankee"—since I used the words "idiolect" and "sociolect" in a sentence.)

My Linguistic Profile:

60% Yankee
20% General American English
15% Upper Midwestern
5% Dixie
0% Midwestern
What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

Who would have guessed that spending all of my formative years in New England with family and friends who overwhelmingly did the same could have so affected my diction?


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