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.
NORTHERN CITIES VOWEL SHIFT PART TWO More information on the Northern Cities Vowel Shift.

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.