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Title: The Atlas of North American English
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Charles Boberg
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The Atlas of North American English provides the first overall view of the
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Atlas redefines the regional dialects of American English on the basis of
sound changes active in the 1990s and draws new boundaries reflecting those
changes. It is based on a telephone survey of 762 local speakers,
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* 120 four color vowel charts of individual speakers.

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Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Subject Language(s): English
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