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The American Memory Project at the Library of Congress has struck gold again with this most excellent digital collection. The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) Collection features approximately 118 hours of recordings documenting North American English dialects. These recordings were made from 1941 to 1984, and they reveal "distinctions in speech related to gender, race, social class, education, age, literacy, ethnic background, and occupational group." Visitors to the site can read the final report created by the CAL after the completion of this project, and they view an interactive map of the survey locations throughout the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. Browsing the collection is a snap, and visitors can look through the offerings here by title, name, subject, and place. Some of the subjects covered here include rabbit hunting, racial discrimination, tall tales, and Halloween.
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Date of Scout Publication 2009-09-18
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