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University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
Joan H. Hall (Project Director: July 2006 to present)

Dictionary of American Regional English [DARE]

The compilation of the fifth and sixth volumes of the "Dictionary of American Regional English" (DARE), which documents geographical differences in the vocabulary, pronunciation, and morphology of American English.

The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is a reference work describing regional and folk varieties of American English. Based on a large body of oral data collected in all fifty states from 1965 to 1970, it also draws on thousands of written and electronic sources covering the colonial period to the present time. A unique feature of DARE is its use of computer-generated maps to show distributions of regional terms. Volumes I (A?C), II (D?H), III (I?O), and IV (P?Sk), published by Harvard University Press in 1985, 1991, 1996, and 2002, respectively, have been highly acclaimed by scholars and public alike. Volume V (Sl?Z) is expected to appear in 2009, with a supplementary volume of data thereafter. Preparations for an electronic edition are being made now, with publication to follow the print edition. DARE?s materials will remain available for scholars both in electronic form and through the maintenance of an archive of research and reference materials.

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Project fields:

Reference Materials

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$750,000 (approved)
$750,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2007 – 12/31/2009

Funding details:
Original grant (2007) $0
Supplement (2008) $50,000