|where we say what
||[Apr. 17th, 2005|12:22 am]
Keep Saying That!
Since everyone's going nutty for that Linguistics quiz, I've been scouring the web for other Linguistics goodies.|
There's the grand-daddy of them all, the 553 question test that really puts you through the wringer. You can take the quiz, but I'm not sure if the data is being collected still or if it's just up for fun now. It's really long and will take you over an hour to complete. It has the infamous bubbler question, as well as what one calls several kinds of insects, pastries, dangerous games, the past tense of "to shit", and traffic stuff. And questions about the weird names for things they used in my 2nd grade English workbook, like "spigot" and "tap" for "faucet" and "skillet" and "spider" for "frying pan".
For those of you with less time who cannot sit and figure out how you pronounce the name "Craig", there's a shorter test here. After you've answered each question, it tells you about the regionalisms behind your answer. Then it gives you this weird Yankee vs. Dixie percentile. (For those keeping score, I came up 43% Yankee.)
Finally, PBS aired a show that went into pretty deep detail about American English and it's dialects and accents. A lot, too, about the nature of language itself and a large essay about the "quotative like" (e.g. And I'm like, "Are you coming or no?"). There's a few quizzes for the Cosmopolitan-reading set, but they're see-if-you-can-place-this-accent tests, not to figure out where you linguistically belong.