Like "New Zealand is the Scotland of Australia". If i remember correctly, the idea was to take two pairs of countries and construct an analogous mapping between them.
So Spain::Portugal -> UK::USA in this case.
I'd be interested to see a voice-controlled personal assistant with a specific machine-friendly syntax you have to learn instead of it trying to deal with natural language. In exchange for me learning the syntax I'd probably have a much better user experience than fumbling through variations of English.
Meanwhile, I wonder what Cambridge Consultants are going to do with a dataset of thousands of Hacker News users reading out the sentence "Please call Stella and ask her to meet Bob the frog at the store with three small red plastic bags".
The sentence is obviously taken (with some modifications) from the sample used by the speech accent archive ( http://accent.gmu.edu/howto.php ), which was constructed specifically to include every relevant phonological context in American English. (Not that this was necessarily achieved, but it was the goal.)
I can reliably fake a British accent although I seem to get stuck on frog and store still sounding American. When I do the stereotypical Texas style "yee haw" accent I get 99% American.
- what does Finnish rally driver sound like
- how did you meet Dame Judy Dench
- where are you actually from?
It's pretty funny how language roots show. Finnish and Hungarian are the same family of languages and apparently Dame Judy picked up on it!
- how did you meet Dame Judy Dench: At Heathrow
Tesco. All Britons look the same, but she was quite "posh". Dame of that age and looks, but did not confirm the exact identity.
- where are you actually from? Finland, github.com/timonoko
I got 84% British.
My wife was born in Russia and spent most of her life on the US west coast. She got 91% American.
Fun little app but given my results and some comments here I see it as a west coast accent detector.
That's really interesting. I have a very similar background (and from Washington DC) and I got 84% British, too. It rated my pronunciation of the word "call" as ~100% British. That's pretty interesting if it can regionally categorize people.
I tried putting on American and British accents and could easily get it over 90% either direction, so at least it's working for those.
As it is now, it's a little disappointing. I got 98% British but I have no idea why it came to this conclusion. It could be that my British accent is good, or that my accent is rubbish but doesn't sound American, or anything else really.
It is also a binary choice. Like the hotdog/not hotdog app, you can't expect an AI to tell you much if it only has two options to chose from.
Would be cool to see if it had any data for identifying some more specific American accents though.
Edit: and now 99% British every time. Methinks the site is broken.
American: over-pronounce your Rs and try to get the æ sound wherever "ah" is called for. (I guess this is a great lakes accent)
British: imitate the intonation of BBC broadcasts I occasionally hear syndicated on npr stations.
It picked up on the parts of the generic British accent (London accent?) that us Americans think about and exaggerate when mimicking a British accent—tall vowels, especially the "O"s and "A"s.
Then, I clapped my hands twice (and didn't speak), which classified me as 72% British.
As a final test, I did both at the same time: 90% American.
Not a native speaker (raised on Danish), but lived for a while in Australia, and also spent a lot of time in the UK. And it shows. The British invariably take me for an antipodean, the Aussies usually for a Pommie bastard, and then every once in a while for a Kiwi. Nobody ever thought me North American.
Mind you, I am always sceptical of these 'tests' all over the web. Somebody clearly is after my info for free.
The way I pronounce "ask", "plastic" and "Bob" should be dead giveaways that my accent is not American...
I pronounce "ask" with a long "a" so I'm not sure why it keeps flagging that pronunciation as American either.
And: since when is it that different? Did Lincoln had an American accent?!
For instance, the "standard" (TV broadcaster) accent originated in areas settled largely by German and Scandinavian immigrants. The "New York" and "New Jersey" accents have elements of Irish and Italian and Yiddish accents, and New York accents were influential due to being common among entertainers through the middle of the 20th century.
And accents can evolve quickly. The New York accent you'll hear in films from the 1950s is very different from the one you'll hear today if you go deep enough into Queens to find strong accents.
That said, IMO moderate Scottish accents sound extremely similar to the "standard" American accent. I think it's actually that the cadences are very similar, which for me at least is what makes other strong British accents (other than RP) often difficult to understand.
Accents tend to shift based on contact with other linguistic groups and mixing from different accents that levels out pronunciation. You'll note, for example, that Canadian has more in common with the US accents than it does with British accents. I don't know the historical development of accents very well, but some US accents (I believe the southern one in particular) are closer to 16th and 17th century English than modern British accents. This isn't necessarily atypical--modern Icelandic is the closest in pronunciation to Old Norse, while modern Norwegian is closer in pronunciation to older varieties of Danish. Small, isolated communities are going to be able to better preserve pronunciation in a dialect.
It used to be even more pronounced, with neighbouring villages in England having distinct accents. Nowadays, i suspect that the differences are disappearing - although perhaps some will always remain.
Similar happened in France and French Quebec. Modern French is formalised Parisian french. While Canadian French is country French, according to a very posh friend, the most educated quebecois still sounds like a country hick the first time he hears them.
You got it backward. Modern French is bourgeois Parisian French. It was standardized more than a century after the French revolution (in the 1880's when public education became mandatory).
When Québec was colonized in the 1600's, only a handful of territories in France spoke French, mostly around Paris. This was the language of the court, the nobility and a minority of peasants. The rest of the country spoke various languages, such as Caló, Catalan, Corsican, Franco-Provençal, Ligurian, Occitan, Flemish, Luxembourgish, Alsatian, Breton, and Basque . Furthermore, Parisian French was only one of the d'Oïl languages spoken at the time .
The colonists that settled and explored Québec were mostly from northern France, the region where an Oïl language was spoken. The language spoken in the colony was standardized to match the one of the royal administration (Parisian French).
Due to not being a French Territory when the revolution happened, Québec kept a fork of Royal French. Reading written french from the 1600's and 1700's out loud is striking, as it's almost identical the pronunciation of modern Québécois French. An example of this is the term "Moi", spelled Moé in the 1700's and pronounced Mo-a (Moi) by modern continental French and Mo-Hey (Moé) in Québécois French.
Furthermore, there isn't such a thing as a single "British" accent, there are a huge range of accents in Britain, just like there are a huge range of accents in the US.
I lived in London when I was younger and can imitate some local accents; my "upper crust" accent was rated about 65% U.S. on the first try and 86% British on the second. My "Norf London" was 50/50 on the first try, 65% U.S. on the second.
I'm English as a second language, continental western-europe.
edit: tried British accent one more time and thought about it for a sec before doing it, changed the call and ask to do a British 'a' and got 99% British. It seems I'm destined for a life of spying after all!
Get a Mainer, a New Yorker, a Virginian, and a Georgian together, and they're hardly mutually intelligble, and that's just on the east coast.
My accent would be Swedish.
Also, this is measuring my "reading accent" which is much more British than my normal speaking voice.
41% US, 59% British -- did a few times an the ratios reversed.
Doing impressions of British or American people got me close to 100% of their respective values. I'd say there is some merit there alright.
Edit: just tried my best Southern accent (kinda Georgia) and rated 72% American.
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Ok, maybe I enunciated and pronounced my 't' sounds out of self-consciousness. Still.
I retried and got 90% American.
When I speak with a poorly done, make-believe Southern accent it tells me American 90%.
This thing put me at 94% American ;)