Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Dialect Survey

How do you pronounce words like "pecan" or "caramel"? Is it "soda" or "pop" (or "coke")? Dr. Bert Vaux, currently a linguistics professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has conducted a Dialect Survey. The Survey polled people about their pronunciation of certain words and which words they used to describe certain things or events. The results were then plotted on maps, so you can see the geographical trends. The Survey was conducted a couple of years ago, but I hadn't seen it. It's kind of fun.