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mapST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Joshua Katz built an amazing interactive map as part of his final project for an applied statistics project at North Carolina State University. He used survey data to come up with some maps to track dialects of the English language in the United States. The map tracks American dialects by location. It can tell you similarities and differences based on location.  For instance, people in St. Louis sound similar to people in Tucson Arizona. They sound different to people who live in Philadelphia, PA.  See the map here.

He used 122 questions from a Cambridge University study on English Dialects. It asked questions like, “Do you say soda, pop or coke?”, “What do you call the box you bury a dead person in?” “What do you call your maternal grandmother?”

You can tell the difference in particular dialects by the way people answer those questions.  He took the survey results and plotted them on a map.  You can see the individual question results plotted plotted on a map here.

Website for the study: Beyond “Soda, Pop, or Coke”

This is the map for how people answered the question, “Do you say soda, pop or coke?”

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