Recently, "The New York Times" has been hosting two very clever dialect quizzes. After quickly processing responses, the facility then suggests where the respondent hails from.
Now I left my East Yorkshire homeland in 1972 - over forty five years ago. I have lived in Sheffield since 1978 and I have travelled to many other countries. And yet, and yet... in spite of all this and in spite of my four and a half years in higher education the dialect quiz finally suggested that I was from East Yorkshire. My hot spot region included Scarborough, Kingston upon Hull and Sheffield with my home village being in the very heart of this hot spot.This was my end map:-
There's a British version of the quiz. Go here.
And there's also an American version. Go here.
I have always been proud of my roots and proud of my East Yorkshire accent and the language choices I make in my sub-conscious. I have never attempted to modify or alter the way I talk. Why should I?
In a small way I found the quiz life affirming. It confirms where I hail from and it reassures me that in spite of everything there's a big part of me that has stayed the same through the years. If you are interested and British or American, you might wish to give this ingenious quiz a go yourself.