Dialect Diversity in America
The Atlas of North American English provides the first overall view of the pronunciation and vowel systems of the dialects of the U. The Atlas re-defines the regional dialects of American English on the basis of sound changes active in the s and draws new boundaries reflecting those changes. It is based on a telephone survey of local speakers, representing all the urbanized areas of North America.
It has been developed by Bill Labov, one of the leading sociolinguists of the world, together with his colleagues Sharon Ash and Charles Boberg. The print and multimedia contentis also available online. The onlineversioncomprises the contents of the book and the multimedia CD-ROM along with additional data.
Supported Browsers: Internet Explorer, 5. Combined Edition: Book and Multimedia CD-ROM The book contains 23 chapters that re-define the geographic boundaries of North American dialects and trace the influence of gender, age, education, and city size on the progress of sound change; findings that show a dramatic and increasing divergence of English in North America; four color maps that illustrate the regional distribution of phonological and phonetic variables across the North American continent; four color vowel charts of individual speakers.
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