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Fantastic data vis of US language differences

As with all countries, large OR small, there are going to be variations in dialect and pronunciation. Given its size and history, one would expect the US to have some pretty fantastic ones. And it does!

PhD (Statistics) student Joshua Katz hasjust published a fantastic set of data visualisations from a linguistic survey of how Americans pronounce words.

Credit: Joshua Katz, 2013. Click to enlarge.

You can check out the rest, which look at words like ‘been’, ‘carmel/caramel’, and a whole bunch more. You can see the full set on Kats’z site. Or, if that’s down, you can also see 22 of them here.

Which one’s yer favourite?


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