Saturday, February 21, 2004


I am late in finding this but there is a terrific web site writers should know about. It is a survey and maps of American dialect that focuses on the use and pronunciation of words and phrases. For example, how do you pronounce the word "aunt?" The site shows the different vocalizations and a map of where they occur, including a percentage weighting of how it is pronounced. What are the three pronunciations of the word "been?" The site shows you those and where they are concentrated in the U.S. The site covers 122 words and phrases that differ across the country.

If you are writing speeches or anything else meant to be read aloud, this is a good site to know.


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