External Websites and Blogs

Dialect and Linguistics Websites

The Dictionary of American Regional English. Documenting the varieties of English—those words, pronunciations, and phrases—that vary from one region to another.

Bert Vaux's dialect survey
An extensive on-line survey of American dialects. The first Dialect Survey has been completed, and the resulting maps and statistics are available.

Bert Vaux's Repository of English Dialect Samples
Here are sample recordings of different varieties of English collected by Bert Vaux. [Temporarily unavailable]

Phonological Atlas of North America
Now published as a massive book, this website still contains lots of information about vowel differences across American dialects.

American Dialect Society
The professional organization for people interested in American dialects and publishers of the journal American Speech.

Do you speak American?
A PBS project with sound samples and additional information.

Studying Varieties of English
Created by Raymond Hickey, Chair of English Linguistics, Essen University, Germany, this site is intended for students of linguistics—or any other interested persons—concerned with varieties of the English language

The Linguist List
If you want to go beyond Wisconsin into the world of linguistics, here's a great resource.

William Labov
The leading figure in the study of American English vowels and founder of 'variationist' sociolinguistics.

Labov on YouTube
William Labov discusses the Northern Cities Vowel Shift in American English. From the documentary "Do you speak American?"

American Languages: Our Nation's Many Languages Online
A project aimed at digitizing, interpreting, and making accessible important fieldwork audio collections capturing a variety of American languages and dialects. Incorporates materials from the Dictionary of American Regional English and the Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies. See also the devloping digital collection of recordings at UW-Madison.

Away with words
A public radio program about language examined through history, culture, and family.

Schwa Fire
Schwa Fire is a new online magazine devoted to language and linguistics. (There's a subscription fee and individual articles can be purchased for a modest price.)

Related Organizations

Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures (CSUMC)
Committed to the languages and cultural traditions of this region's diverse peoples, CSUMC fosters research and the preservation of archival collections, while producing educational and outreach programs for a broad public audience.

Max Kade Institute for German-American Studies (MKI)
The Max Kade Institute is dedicated to researching the story of German-speaking immigrants, preserving American print culture in the German-language, and sharing the Institute's resources through outreach and publications.

National Heritage Language Resource Center

NHLRC is developing effective pedagogical approaches to teaching heritage language learners, both by creating a research base and by pursuing curriculum design, materials development, and teacher education.


Mr. Verb
Mr V's motto is: "Language changes. Deal with it. Revel in it."

Miss Pronouncer
A pronunciation guide for everything Wisconsin.

Language Log
The most widely read linguistics blog.