Dialect Map Of U.S. Shows How Americans Speak By Region
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Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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May 12, 2013

Found in the Huffington Post:

"We could spend hours looking at this and not get bored.

Self-described professional linguist and Christian missionary Rick Aschmann spent years creating this painstakingly detailed map of regional American and Canadian dialects.

"This is just a hobby of mine," Aschmann writes on his website. "Some people collect stamps, others collect coins. I collect dialects."

Aschmann's research taught him some hilarious and fascinating things. For example, did you know that in parts of New Jersey, the word "had" doesn't rhyme with "bad?" (We're not quite sure how that's possible, but hey, to each his own.)

Among Aschmann's other findings:

Although many think of Massachusetts as having one distinct dialect, it actually has four.

Pennsylvania is the most linguistically complex state in the country.

In the whole U.S., there are about 130 million people for whom the word "cot" rhymes with "caught," and another 220 million for whom the two words are pronounced in ways that don't rhyme.

The map isn't exactly new -- it's been around since at least 2010 -- but Aschmann has been steadily adding to it as people from all over the U.S. send him audio samples of themselves speaking. In addition to the videos people send him, Aschmann says he made the map from information he found on several language websites, from the Atlas of North American English, and also by watching a lot of online videos of people who he says retain their local dialect well, like politicians, gospel singers and NASCAR drivers."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/09/dialect-map-of-the-us-region-aschmann_n_3245496.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular




Aschmann's website with the zoomed-in, interactive version:

http://aschmann.net/AmEng/#SmallMapUnitedStates


 

Jeff Allen  Identity Verified
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US dialect linguistic atlas May 12, 2013

This type of linguistic atlas of American dialects is far from new. I used the US dialect work of William Labov and others (much documented by the American Dialect Society) in the late 90s and early 2000s to set up and conduct language recording for a major speech data collection project.

SPEECH DAT CAR. A Large Speech Database For Automotive Environments
http://perso.telecom-paristech.fr/~grichard/Publications/PaperLREC.pdf

Section 2.3 of the May 2000 LREC conf paper gives some specific details of the US English project which I managed.

The results of the project (a bit out of the average person's price range to purchase)

American English SpeechDat-Car
Catalog Reference : ELRA-S0115
http://catalog.elra.info/product_info.php?products_id=732

NOTE: Other details about the standard procedures for data definition and data collection are described in other conf papers from the same project:
http://www.speechdat.org/sp-car/PUBLIC.HTM


Jeff


 

Nicole Schnell  Identity Verified
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Hats off, Jeff! May 12, 2013

Jeff Allen wrote:

This type of linguistic atlas of American dialects is far from new. I used the US dialect work of William Labov and others (much documented by the American Dialect Society) in the late 90s and early 2000s to set up and conduct language recording for a major speech data collection project.

SPEECH DAT CAR. A Large Speech Database For Automotive Environments
http://perso.telecom-paristech.fr/~grichard/Publications/PaperLREC.pdf

Section 2.3 of the May 2000 LREC conf paper gives some specific details of the US English project which I managed.

The results of the project (a bit out of the average person's price range to purchase)

American English SpeechDat-Car
Catalog Reference : ELRA-S0115
http://catalog.elra.info/product_info.php?products_id=732

NOTE: Other details about the standard procedures for data definition and data collection are described in other conf papers from the same project:
http://www.speechdat.org/sp-car/PUBLIC.HTM


Jeff


Respect!

I wanted to buy the Labov atlas for myself when it was published - back then I recall a purchase price of $600-700, so I refrained. Today the work is even more expensive, Amazon sells it at $900+.

That's why I was more than happy to find a similar and condensed map on Aschmann's website.

[Edited at 2013-05-12 19:16 GMT]


 


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