Pinpoint your Location via Dialect Map

The New York Times posted a 25 question survey that asks the participant questions about their DIALECT-the vocabulary/LEXICON that they use to speak various terms and phrases. With the information, the results will give the participant an approximation of their location based solely upon their responses. Of course, if you over think your responses, it could end up placing you in Toronto, aye?

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Educator Imprint Lesson Plan: Dialect Surveys of the United States

Topics: Language, isogloss, dialect, accent, regional dialect, thematic maps

Time: 50 minutes

Purpose: To make a visual connection/understanding of isoglosses within the United States and see regional variations in the English language.

Materials: Computer lab or iPads/Android devices, notebook, blank political map of U.S.

Procedure:

1) Discuss/Lecture on isoglosses, dialect, accent (preferably after discussing the language tree).

2)Ask students if they have examples of friends or family who say words differently then what they do.

3) Pick 5-10 words/phrases from the Dialect Survey site and ask them to write down (phonetically) how they would say it, or the word that they would use to describe it.

4) Have the students partner up and verbalize their phonetic words/terms.

5) Debrief pair-share.

6) Have the student look at the Dialect Survey website and investigate three words/terms that they find most interesting. Tell them to write down where the general isogloss can be found on a blank US Map provided.

Dialect Survey of the U.S.

About the Dialect Survey

The dialect survey is an expansion of an initiative begun by Professor Bert Vaux at Harvard University. Dr. Vaux prepared an earlier version of this survey for his Dialects of English class at Harvard in 1999. The survey has since been revised and expanded for a larger, lay audience.

About the Creators

Bert Vaux is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at Harvard University. His specialties are phonological theory, fieldwork, and dialectology. He is currently preparing an Atlas of English Dialects.     [ homepage ]

Scott A. Golder is a graduate student at the MIT Media Laboratory, where he studies social communities online. He graduated from Harvard College in 2003, where he was a Linguistics concentrator.     [ homepage ]

Past support and assistance has been provided by Rebecca Starr and Britt Bolen.

Thank you to the Harvard Computer Society for hosting the Dialect Survey from 2000-2005. HCS is an undergraduate student group promoting the use of computers and technology at Harvard and beyond.

22 Maps That Show The Deepest Linguistic Conflicts In America – Business Insider

Topics: Language, dialect, pronunciation, accent, isogloss, thematic map

Everyone knows that Americans don’t exactly agree on pronunciations. 

Regional accents are a major part of what makes American English so interesting as a dialect.

Joshua Katz, a Ph. D student in statistics at North Carolina State University, just published a group of awesome visualizations of Professor Bert Vaux and Scott Golder’s linguistic survey that looked at how Americans pronounce words. (via detsl on /r/Linguistics)

His results were first published on Abstractthe N.C. State research blog.

Follow the link below to see some more of the coolest maps from his collection.

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/22-maps-that-show-the-deepest-linguistic-conflicts-in-america-2013-6?op=1#ixzz2WBsnEdia

22 Maps That Show The Deepest Linguistic Conflicts In America – Business Insider.