Thursday, August 22, 2013

Blog Voices 2013

A couple of years ago, a vlog style meme made the rounds of sewing blogland. I wanted to participate then, but for technological reasons, didn't. LadyKatza has kindly revived the meme, and now I have the means to play along! Yay!

Basically, the idea is get a sense of the similarities and differences of phonology and idiom by reading a set of commonly accented words and answering a set of questions.

For reference, I grew up all over the US and Germany, but we lived for 10 years in the Pacific Northwest (Fort Lewis, WA) when I was a child and teen. When I was 16 years old, we moved to Texas, where I settled, got my education, married and had all three of my children. I consider myself a Texan. (My immediate family may laugh all they want. Oh, the fit I pitched when we moved to TX!!) I currently live in Utah and have for 2 years now, so I'm sure I've picked up a bit of linguistic contamination here.

Anyway, here I am! I have tried to speak in a typical fashion, but being on camera is bound to make me speak in an unnatural way. I think this is reasonably accurate though.
If you are in a reader, you may not be able to see the video here, pop over to your favorite browser!
I'd love to hear you as well! Here is the list of words and questions...

The words are:
Aunt, 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

And these are the questions:
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bug that when you touch it, it curls into a ball?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you use to change the TV channel?

19 comments:

  1. You sound very interesting with a bit of southern in their. Also, I love Dr Pepper!

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  2. a little hint of Texas drawl in there :-) Love it!

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  3. I hear your southern side with the specific words but not so much with the questions. Love it!

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  4. When sun shines, whilst rain is falling, it means the Devil is beating his wife. (according to my mother)

    You did very well on everything else!!!

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  5. Very neat! Thanks for sharing! And you do darn good on camera! I was a a nervous wreck! ~Laurie

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  6. YAY! You did it, and its awesome. I love that we say pecan the same way. :D

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  7. I love hearing the sound of my favourite bloggers. Thanks for posting. Not sure if I will do this though.

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  8. Ha ha, I love this! Although I couldn't answer the first two questions! I did not know that you US folk say route, to me it is r-oo-t just like the part of a plant! And pecan is pee-can or pee-cun.i grew up in London and now live in the suburbs, I am a teacher so have had to tone down my accent and remember to not drop my t and h's and to not pronounce th as f!

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  9. Cool! We sound alike on everything but New Orleans - I may have to record one too. We called it the devil beating his wife too, on the rain thing - are you Southern, Sarahbelle?

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    1. Tee hee. Sarahbelle is my Mama! She's from Florida. ;) (Which we say Flah-rida)

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  10. HA! I am from right next door in Arkansas, and it's startling how much we sound alike.

    And Coke. It's always Dr Pepper.

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  11. AHA! I am from right next door in Arkansas (originally). It's funny how much the accent sounds the same.

    And it's always Dr Pepper.

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    1. *fistbump* Dr. Pepper is the nectar of the gods.

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  12. I love it! So nice to hear you talk :)

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  13. What a beautiful voice you have :-)

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  14. It's so neat to put a voice to someone.:) I love the underlying southernese in your "accent"!

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  15. So fun! I'm loving seeing these do the rounds again---all the similarities and differences! (Especially the "all pop is coke" thing... so odd. :)

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  16. You are a Texan- you call all soda Coke. Proof of a true Texan.

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  17. Aw, so nice to hear your voice and see you!! What a great idea this is, y'all!

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