An interesting quiz from “games with words”:
Is Throw me down the stairs my shoes a good English sentence?
The answer depends on where you live. Many people in Newfoundland find that sentence perfectly grammatical.
By taking this quiz, you will be helping train a machine algorithm that is mapping out the differences in English grammar around the world, both in traditionally English-speaking countries and also in countries like Mexico, China, and India.
At the end, you can see our algorithm’s best guess as to which English you speak as well as whether your first (native) language is English or something else.
It’s fun, it only takes a few minutes, and it’s for Science! My only quibble (as I told them in the box they provide for feedback) is that I don’t understand why there are so many sentences of bizarro Chomskyoid form (a la Is that the book you saw the man he said he told to hold it for?); throw one in for kicks, sure, but more is overkill. My results:
Our top three guesses for your English dialect:
1. American (Standard)
3. US Black Vernacular / Ebonics
Our top three guesses for your native (first) language:
I’m sure it’s coincidence that my mother was Norwegian-American, but she would have been pleased and amused. (Via Anatoly.)