Interactive map breaks down regional American accents

Rick Aschmann spent months collecting various English language accents throughout the United States and Canada. And what he amassed turned into a spectacularly detailed, interactive map complete with audio samples from many different areas.

Aschmann commented on his ambitious study of pronunciation patterns:

"This is just a hobby of mine, that I thought might be interesting to a lot of people. Some people collect stamps. Others collect coins. I collect dialects."

He relied on the Atlas of North American English to divide everything into eight separate dialects, including Canada, Northern New England, the North, greater New York City, the Midland, the South, North Central and the West — these are numbered in blue on the map. It also includes various subdialects shown in red.

Click here to visit Aschmann's interactive map and if there's no audio sample of your accent yet, send him a recording of your voice. If you're like me, you've sort of lost your original accent over the years and have what Aschmann refers to as a "General American" accent. Don't feel left out, though, he covers us on his site too. Oh, and congratulations to Pennsylvania — you all live in the most linguistically diverse state.

Rick Aschmann, via io9

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