Aaaaaaaaaaand We’re Back

Posted on January 3, 2011

I had a pretty great X-mas break gang. Here’s a little gift that’s been circulating the ‘tubes. It’s a geographical linguistic map of North America. Here’s the link, and then I’ll give my impressions:

American English Dialects

First thing’s first, my native land: the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Thankfully, we were represented. Unfortunately, they got a couple things wrong. There have been two separate studies about the peninsula and each came to the same conclusions:

1) People talk different in Accomack and Northampton Counties. It’s probably not enough to color it separately in this map. If you were going to, it would not be shaded the same as the Chesapeake Islands, but it could be considered a mix of Midland and the Islands.

2) If you ignore the ‘Eastern Shore accent’, the Shore is split in half. ‘Down the road’ speaks a ‘Lowland South,’ similar to North Carolina. While ‘up the road’ speaks like ‘The South’, like in the Dukes of Hazzard.

A couple of things to note that are kind of weird. Lawrentians, take note. Look at how the Midwest is split up. That’s pretty wild. On top of that, there is a line that runs between Appleton and Green Bay. Wild right? I’m going to examine the causes of that.

However my favorite part? Everything up north is just called ‘Canada’. I’m sure there’s more diversity than that. Yes, there are pockets of Inuits.

Anything you guys notice? Westerners, does everybody talk alike out there?

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