Wednesday, November 11, 2015

DARE to Explore Language On a Whole New Level!

On the UW-Madison campus something linguistically magical is happening!  At the Memorial Library, from November 2 - December 30, 2015, you can explore the many varied ways American use their language to communicate.  Focusing on DARE (the Dictionary of American Regional English), the exhibit explores how "there are many thousands of differences that characterize the dialect regions of the U.S."

DARE serves as a reference work that documents words, phrases, and pronunciations that vary from one place to another across the United States.  Drawing on face-to-face interviews as well as an extensive written material cache, the collection details the variations in American dialects from colonial times to the present.

Not near the Madison area?  You can explore the exhibit online from the comfort of your desk chair by visiting

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