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June 10, 2013

US | Linguistics

U.S. a country divided by a common language

us-language-map.jpgHere's what happens when tech geeks and language geeks get together: they produce fascinating visualizations of how "American English" is actually a series of dialects distributed across the continental US.

Joshua Katz, a Ph. D student in statistics at North Carolina State University, recently published a series of maps based on responses to a survey of more than 120 questions.

Based on the Cambridge Online Survey of World Englishes, a project carried out by Bert Vaux and Marius L. Jøhndal of Cambridge University that seeks to collect and analyse data on real-world English usage, the maps will tell you when it would be more appropriate to use "y'all" rather than "you guys" or whether you might could get away with using consecutive modals.

Click here to see the maps.

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