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?