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ERIC Number: ED135004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 44
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Instant Mapping of American Regional Vocabulary.
Hirshberg, Jeffrey
When it is published in four or five years, the "Dictionary of American Regional English" (DARE) will be the official dictionary of the American Dialect Society. This dictionary will contain information concerning vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammatical forms which are restricted regionally or socially in American speech. One distinctive feature of DARE is its innovative use of the computer to graphically display geographical and social speech variation. Computer data were obtained through responses to questionnaires--consisting of 1847 questions covering aspects of daily life--administered in 1,002 communities in the United States between 1965 and 1970. The computer data are available to the DARE editors in two forms: maps, distorted to reflect population size and settlement histories, and data-summary slips. With its graphic linguistic patterns, DARE is expected to complement the "Linguistic Atlas." (Sixteen figures illustrate the text.) (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (66th, Chicago, November 25-27, 1976)