American English


KEYTERMS A list of key terms useful for the study of American English.
DIALECTS A page of links to websites on American regional dialects.
DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN REGIONAL ENGLISH (DARE)  An exercise in pdf format that asks you to interview a relative using a shortened version of the DARE questionnaire.
READINGS ON THE N-WORD What is the most taboo word in English today? In American English? This link takes you to a collection of readings on the topic.
NORTHERN CITIES VOWEL SHIFT William Labov in this Youtube video demonstrates a sound change currently going on in northern cities like Buffalo and Pittsburgh.
ANALYSIS OF A FIELD Almost any human activity can develop its own special vocabulary. This exercise asks you to identify a field and investigate which languages it draws from.