American English Dialects: in which we gaze at a super-cool map

Accents are fascinating. If you hear their nuances you can tell a lot about someone’s history—where they were born, where they’ve spent time since then. The differences are remarkable in a small country like the United Kingdom, but the United States has it’s own trove of dialects. Rick Aschmann is compiling mounds of data to draw a linguistic map of English-speaking North America. I haven’t plumbed its depths, but the YouTube links are very handy for hearing an accent in question. The site looks a bit dated, I know. I shudder with excitement at the idea of what the digital humanities scene could do with this idea.

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