Hold up, y'all: Slow-speaking states survey sells US language patterns short, linguists say

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Speech differs greatly throughout the U.S., including how quickly people speak. Some people elongate their words, while others speak much more quickly.

Preply, an e-learning company, took data from two previous studies and ranked speakers in all 50 states and compiled a list of fast to slow speakers measured in syllables per second.

According to Preply, the fastest-talking state is Minnesota at 5.34 syllables per second while South Carolina is the slowest at 4.8 syllables per second.

But what do linguists who’ve spent years studying Americans’ speech patterns think about the findings?

Linguists say speech differs across the U.S. due to factors such as race, sex, gender, and more. And geography can play a role too.

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