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University of Wisconsin, Madison (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
Joan H. Hall (Project Director: July 2012 to July 2015)
George H. Goebel (Project Director: July 2015 to April 2017)
New Fieldwork for DARE

Development of a Web-based survey instrument and methodology to conduct new fieldwork on American regional English. The survey would include large parts of the original questionnaire used for compiling the "Dictionary of American Regional English" (DARE) plus questions designed to reflect changes since the 1960s. The results of a pilot survey for Wisconsin would be used to adjust the methodology before undertaking nationwide fieldwork.

Publication of Volume V of DARE was a huge milestone, but not the end of the work, for American English has changed greatly in the last 50 years. DARE proposes to initiate new fieldwork, from July 2013 to June 2015, to track those changes. Using Wisconsin as a pilot, the project will develop a web-based survey to gather the data. Based on the results, adjustments will be made to the methodology before a nationwide survey is attempted. The research will include large parts of the original Questionnaire plus questions designed to reflect societal changes since the 1960s. The original 22 DARE communities and 18 new ones, representing the current state population, will be surveyed. The web based survey will be designed by the UW Survey Center. It will also include a telephone interview with free conversation, the reading of a story, and a word list designed to elicit pronunciation variants. DARE will analyze the data and make changes to the methodology before initiating a nationwide study.

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Project fields:

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

Totals (outright + matching):
$330,000 (approved)
$330,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2013 – 6/30/2016

Funding details:
Original grant (2013) $200,000
Supplement (2013) $30,000
Supplement (2014) $100,000