Wednesday, June 12, 2013

How do you pronounce "caramel"?

Just wanted to share this really neat resource some of you might have already seen popping about on the internet this past week.  Graduate student Joshua Katz (NC State) published maps of the United States using data from Bert Vaux's online survey of English dialects.  The maps show differences in word-usage/pronunciation within the country, and there are over 122 maps for different questions/pronunciations.  I'll just post a few of my favorites below to spark your interest:


#105 What is your generic term for a sweetened carbonated beverage?
English dialect survey results Joshua Katz
What is your generic term for a sweetened carbonated beverage?
Source: Joshua Katz, Dialect Survey Results





#103 What do you call the thing from which you might drink water in a school?
What do you call the thing from which you might drink water in a school?
Source: Joshua Katz, Dialect Survey Results





 #4 How do you say the word "caramel"?
How do you say the word: "caramel"?
Source: Joshua Katz, Dialect Survey Results


Click here for access to all 122 maps -- I found them very interesting to look at!
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