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University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
Joan H. Hall (Project Director: August 2008 to present)

Dictionary of American Regional English [DARE]

Lexicographical work to complete all entries 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 between 1965 and 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 to C), II (D to H), III (I to O), and IV (P to 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 to Z) will appear in 2010, with a supplementary volume of data and an electronic edition to follow. 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:

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2009 – 6/30/2010