Dialect maps showcase America’s many linguistic divides
- A North Carolina State University doctoral student’s fascination with differences in U.S. dialects led him to create over 100 maps that show the colorful ways in which American English diverges
PUBLISHED:20:30 EST, 5 June 2013| UPDATED:05:23 EST, 6 June 2013
Do you call a long sandwich of cold cuts a sub, a hoagie, or a hero? A slew of new maps prove how you answer this, and a load of other questions, can betray where in America you come from.
The regional differences in America are apparent to anyone who has traveled even a state or two from their home, but some differences in dialect aren’t as obvious—or as well known—as others.
But North Carolina State University doctoral student in statistics took the data compiled from 120-question survey by Cambridge professor Dr. Bert Vaux that asked American’s questions like how they pronounce ‘lawyer’or ‘crayon’ or what exactly they call that cold cut sandwich and turned it all into fascinating maps that show just how dialectically divided the country really is.