Dictionary of American Regional English Debuts Online

This was announced several weeks ago, but I missed it.  It looks intriguing with the audio recordings, maps showing the regional distribution of words, and social media aspects. 100 terms available for free preview.  If you are snowed in today, take a look at hooky bob.

Cambridge, Mass. The Dictionary of American Regional English, the authoritative record of American speech, is now available online, Harvard University Press has announced. Combining tens of thousands of entries and maps drawn from DARE’s six print volumes with such previously inaccessible data as survey results and audio recordings, daredictionary.com offers users a variety of powerful tools to explore the wealth and complexity of American English.

Joan Houston Hall, DARE chief editor, noted that the site expands the information available to readers while enabling them to interact with DARE in vital new ways.

“While the print volumes offer thousands of cross-references to related entries, the digital version allows users to see all the answers to the fieldwork questions and instantaneously make a map for each one. To see the regional distributions of all the words for a given item is to get a remarkable glimpse of American cultural history,” Hall said.

At daredictionary.com, users can search and browse DARE’s 60,000 entries; listen to clips from more than 5,000 audio recordings gathered by fieldworkers; and view nearly 3,000 maps showing the regional distribution of words—or examine the comprehensive set of responses to the 1,600-question DARE survey administered between 1965 and 1970. Users can also browse the bibliography of the more than 12,000 published sources, dating from the 17th through the 21st century, cited by dictionary entries; share content via e-mail or social media; or use My DARE to organize and save entries, survey questions, and custom searches. Meanwhile, a Word Wheel feature encourages scrolling through a list of entries, replicating the serendipity that has marked readers’ engagement with the print volumes of DARE published between 1985 and 2013.

Daredictionary.com marks a major new chapter in the history of DARE. We’ve heard from many readers and librarians who eagerly anticipate this project, and we especially look forward to presenting it at the American Library Association’s midwinter meeting in January,” said Director of Harvard University Press William P. Sisler.


For more information, please contact DARE_sales@harvard.edu.


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