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Followup to the Schedule poll

Wow, nearly 80 people filled in lethargic_man's poll about how to pronounce schedule. As of midday today, the results are as follows:
Country sh sk other total
England 26 21 2 49
USA 1 13 1 15
Scotland 1 2 3
Canada 2 2
Australia 2 2
Other 3 1 4
Total 30 41 4 75

(Excuse the ugliness of the table HTML; I auto-generated it from Excel — yes, I know — and I tried to clean up the output a bit but I know it's not wonderful. Data also available as comma separated format in case anyone wants to do anything clever with it.)

Conclusions:
  • The normal US pronunciation is sk-.
  • English people are about equally likely to use either pronunciation.
  • Several people use both pronunciations interchangeably; most but not all were able to pick one that they favour.
  • Scottish people are liable take offence at the use of the word England, even if it is in fact being used to refer to England.
Anyway, now I'm really into this whole poll game, and some of the interesting clarificatory responses from that poll set me wondering. So, for your delectation, a poll about how to define one's dialect.

Just to make things clear, when you tick the factors that are relevant, I mean you to choose factors that are relevant to your dialect, not factors that you think people in general should take into account when describing their dialect. So if you think, for example, that having non-native speaker parents would be likely to have a major effect on your dialect, but your parents are both English speakers, you shouldn't tick the "Parents' first language other than English" option. Likewise, if you have always lived in the same country, you shouldn't tick any of the former country options.

Poll #336176 dialect

Are you a native speaker of English?

Yes
32(91.4%)
No
1(2.9%)
I speak with native-level fluency although English is not my first language
2(5.7%)

If asked what dialect you speak, which of the following factors would you consider relevant?

Country where you currently live
3(9.1%)
Country where you lived before you learnt to talk (birth - 2 years old)
0(0.0%)
Country or countries where you lived as a young child (2 years old to 9)
0(0.0%)
Country or countries where you lived in the past after the of 9
0(0.0%)
Anglophone country of origin of your parents
0(0.0%)
Parents' first language other than English
0(0.0%)
Parents' dialect otherwise significantly different from yours
0(0.0%)
Region within your country
1(3.0%)
Class
0(0.0%)
Ethnic origin
0(0.0%)
Speech impairment (eg deafness, lisp, stutter)
0(0.0%)
Nationality ('I am a UK citizen' rather than 'I come from England' or 'I come from Scotland')
0(0.0%)
Other (please specify below)
0(0.0%)

OK, so what 'other' factors would you mention that I didn't think of?

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