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linguistic memery

Originally published at Faith Seeking Understanding. You can comment here or there.

H/t Dawn Felagund via pandemonium_213. The questions:

The questions:

1. Your name and/or username:

2. Where you’re from: (As specific or as generalized as you wish, depending on your level of comfort)

3. The following words: aunt, roof, route, wash, oil, theater, iron, salmon, caramel, fire, water, sure, data, ruin, crayon, toilet, New Orleans, pecan, both, again, probably, spitting image, Alabama, lawyer, coupon, mayonnaise, syrup, pajamas, caught, orange, coffee, direction, naturally, aluminum and herbs.

4. What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?

5. What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?

6. What do you call gym shoes?

7. What do you say to address a group of people?

8. What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?

9. What do you call your grandparents?

10. What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?

11. What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?

12. What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

And my answers:

Online recording software >>


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 9th, 2012 03:22 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, you're leaving origin up to the listener, and I'm placing you in the Indiana/Kansas area. Whether I'm right or not I have no idea, but that's what it seems like to me.

It was fun, wasn't it? It's nice to hear your voice.

- Erulisse (one L)
Nov. 9th, 2012 09:06 pm (UTC)
Anyone who can accurately nail my accent has earned themselves a night enjoying chocolembas and Dwarven ale, with my complements. I'm actually Carolina-bred, but that only real comes out when I'm particularly relaxed. I made that recording late fairly late at night and deleted the first one so I think I was speaking more quickly than I normally would.

I did spend two years living in Cleveland, have always had international roommates in undergrad (I lived in a special dorm for exchange students) and spent a not-insignificant amount of time in Europe. And I actually learned German before I learned English - maybe that all contributes to the Midwestern vibe you're picking up on?
Nov. 9th, 2012 09:11 pm (UTC)
It's entirely possible. I didn't get Carolina from you at all, although the German...I do get a bit of that because I had a similar history of learning the language at a very young age.

- Erulisse (one L)
Nov. 10th, 2012 01:38 am (UTC)
Marta, you sound like a New Yorker! And I mean City, not upstate. You are picking up some of that accent. You may not be able to hear it--I didn't figure out that I had begun to sound like a Clevelander until I suddenly realized that I wasn't noticing the local people's accent anymore.
Nov. 12th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
You know, New York is the one area I didn't think had impacted my accent. But I can see why it would; I live in the real Little Italy so I can't pick up laundry without talking with someone who belongs in "The Godfather." Not that that's a bad thing; I just should have expected it to rub off.
Nov. 12th, 2012 03:17 am (UTC)
I noticed a change in cadence more than a change in pronunciation. The rhythm is very different from what I remember. As a musician, you may be highly susceptible to picking that up from the people around you. LOL about "The Godfather." Did I ever tell you how my Italian-American mother-in-law scared the hell out of me when she told me that she loved that movie because it reminded her of "the old neighborhood"?
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