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Dictionary of American Regional English

The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) has been publishing words, pronunciations and phrases from regions across the U.S. since 1985.

Take a Regional DARE!
What's a Skelly?  Discover how different parts of the U.S. describe health, food and  leisure activities.

Linguistic Profiling?
There's more in the crime solvers' tool kit than what we see on TV. Roger W. Shuy talks about one of the most satisfying applications of his work.

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On the Road
August Rubrecht shares an intimate portrait of life in the 1960s on a DARE "Word Wagon."

Samples from the DARE Audio Collection:

Suggested Reading/Additional Resources

  • The Atlas of North American English 1st national effort to systematically describe U.S. phonology
  • The American Dialect Society Dedicated to the study of regional American speech
  • Language Use in Your Town:   The Modern Language Association's new Language Map displays the locations and approximate numbers of speakers of the 30 languages most commonly spoken in the United States.
  • Center for Applied Linguistics CAL is a private, non-profit organization that uses the findings of linguistics and related sciences in identifying and addressing language-related problems.
  • Linguistic Society of America (LSA)The Linguistic Society of America (LSA) was founded in 1924 to advance the scientific study of language. Linguistics has developed dramatically in the intervening years, greatly expanding the understanding of human language.

The Dictionary of American Regional English is published by
Harvard University Press.

Sponsored by:

National Endowment for the Humanities Hewlett Foundation Ford Foundation   Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Carnegie Corporation

National Endowment
for the Humanities

William and Flora Hewlett


Rosalind P.

Arthur Vining
Davis Foundations

Corporation of New York