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May 5, 2010

Atlas of North American English


From Amazon:


Print Volume + CD-ROM

The Atlas of North American English provides the first overall view of the pronunciation and vowel systems of the dialects of the U.S. and Canada. The Atlas re-defines the regional dialects of American English on the basis of sound changes active in the 1990s and draws new boundaries reflecting those changes. It is based on a telephone survey of 762 local speakers, representing all the urbanized areas of North America. It has been developed by Bill Labov, one of the leading sociolinguists of the world, together with his colleagues Sharon Ash and Charles Boberg.


• 23 chapters that re-define the geographic boundaries of North American dialects and trace the influence of gender, age, education, and city size on the progress of sound change

• Findings that show a dramatic and increasing divergence of English in North America

• 139 four-color maps that illustrate the regional distribution of phonological and phonetic variables across the North American continent

• 120 four-color vowel charts of individual speakers.

Multimedia CD-ROM features:

• Data base with measurements of more than 100,000 vowels and mean values for 439 speakers

• The Plotnik program for mapping each of the individual vowel systems

• Extended sound samples of all North American dialects

• Multimedia applications to enhance classroom presentations.


Browse the book here.


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