Posted by: episystechpubs | March 3, 2014

Editor’s Corner: More fun with dialects

Good morning folks!

Over the past couple of years, I’ve sent out several different articles on regional differences in terms. The last one was in November and it was called Nuts. My article included several maps from a study on language. For example, this map shows the differences in the way people across the United States pronounce “been”:

Look familiar?

This weekend, my husband found a follow-up to this study in The New York Times “Sunday Review” online. Several people involved in collecting the original survey data and making the language maps have set up a quiz which predicts where you’re from based on your answers. I think it is fascinating stuff! The results based on my answers? Considering I was raised in Seattle, I think they did a great job! (See my results below.)

If you want to take the test and read more about the study, check it out here! (Try Chrome if IE hasn’t been updated on your PC.) For some additional articles in Editor’s Corner, you can try Regional Ravings and Regional Differences.

Have fun!

Kara Church

Senior Technical Editor

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