from sea to shining sea
crowd in nyc

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Dictionary of American Regional English

American Varieties
Sea to Shining Sea

American Varieties

Additional Resources

More information on American dialects, varieties and "home" languages.

  • Mapping Language Use
    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.
  • IDEA - International Dialects of English Archive
    Primary source recordings for actors and other artists in the performing arts.
  • Varieties of English (with sound samples)
    Overview of general linguistics with some practice exercises. Features information on African-American English, American Indian English, Chicano English, Northeastern U.S. English and Southern States English.
  • The Telsur Project
    The Telsur Project is a survey of linguistic changes in North American English. Its members created the Atlas of North American English (ANAE), formerly the Phonological Atlas of North America.


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