When people speak foreign languages, you can often spot them by their distinctive accent. A French or Japanese person speaking English sounds completely different from an African or German person speaking English.

Over the next five years, phonetics specialists will look at cats and their human companions from two separate regions of Sweden to study intonation, voice and speaking style in human speech addressed to cats, as well as in cat vocalizations addressed to humans.

“We want to find out if cats from different regions have different ‘accents,’” Susanne Schötz, an associate professor of phonetics at Lund University.

To read more about this unique study to determine cat accents, click here.