Soda vs. Pop vs. Coke – New Video from The Atlantic

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Last June, Josh Katz, a graduate student in Linguistics at North Carolina State University, created interactive maps (above) based on Bert Vaux’s 2003 Harvard Dialect Survey results. The maps went viral and had us all discussing how we say words like “pecan” or “mayonnaise”.  A new video from The Atlantic showcases these results. They called people across the country and asked them questions from Vaux’s survey. Hearing different pronunciations of common words helps illustrate the many dialects in America in a way the visual maps can’t.

Do you want to be part of this ongoing dialect study? The Cambridge Online Survey of World Englishes is collecting more data. Click here to participate in the survey.

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