American Lit 9/14 – Dialect links for class

Today you’re going to take a language quiz with your reading groups that may (or may not) be able to pinpoint what region of the USA you’re from (or at least talk like).

I took the quiz last night and this was my result:

Ok, so I’m not from New York/New Jersey, but this map isn’t entirely inaccurate. For one, see that reddish spot in the middle of Wisconsin? That’s where I grew up and aside from my clear New England speech tendencies (I’ve been here for about half my life, after all) it seems some of my regional dialects have stuck around. The test said that my use of the word “sneakers” pulled my dialect out towards New York/New Jersey, but I can explain that too: my mom grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, so when we’d go shopping when I was little she’d buy me “sneakers.” I must’ve picked that up from her. So it’s not 100 percent, but it’s not far off!

(My girlfriend also took the quiz and got Worcester, where she was born and raised.)

If you’d like to hear people take the test, go here and push play. There’s a transcript right below the “play” icon.

Take the test here. When you get your results write down the following information for me:

  1. Where did the test say your dialect was from?
  2. Where do you consider yourself from?
  3. If the first two answers are different, can you explain why?
  4. What word did the test identify as the marker for your dialect?

Then, read the “explanatory” before the first chapter and the first chapter with your group in whatever way you all feel comfortable – likely in how you told me you like to read on your index card since I used that information to make these groups.

For tomorrow, pick three sentences each and “translate” them from dialect into how we would say that sentence today.