Students who read the Sociology stories on this website every month know of our interest in (obsession with?) how Americans talk. This month’s story on the subject is arranged in a different, “jumble-like” format: follow the clues to answer the question at the end. Enjoy!
First, open a new Internet window on your screen. (Keep the present window open so you can read the rest of the instructions.) Then copy and paste this URL to pull up the fascinating new map containing vast amounts of information on American dialects: http://aschmann.net/AmEng/#LargeMap. Besides all the info on the map itself, you can listen to speakers—some famous, some not—from various regions of North America. Clicking on a small green circle will open a chart listing the speaker, his/her location and state, and the link to a video featuring that person. The video column includes additional notes about the speakers and their dialects.
Now you are ready to solve the puzzle. Copy the blanks below onto a sheet of paper (or print out this page). Answer the questions by examining the map, the chart below it, and listening to the indicated videos.
1. In which southern Florida city is “on” pronounced so that it rhymes with “Don”?
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2. In which southern state does the Lowland South accent extend farthest west?
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3. Deborah Chauvin, a New Orleans resident, is from the Ninth __ __ __.
4. What two words does Congressional Medal of Honor winner Drew Dix pronounce the same? __ __ and __ __
5. What version of a Southern accent does country singer Alan Jackson speak?
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6. In Alaska, what indigenous language is spoken by people who live in the areas shaded red?
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7. Which state is entirely within the Inland North dialect region?
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Now, copy down the letters in the boxes and unscramble them to answer this question:
What can you conclude about American speech from the variety of accents displayed on the map?
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