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Below are a selection of websites (mainly related to dialects and endangered languages) that may be of use when writing your term paper. In addition to a link to Professor Trickel's delicious page, remember to check the other links he has posted in your course shell in BlackBoard.
When using online sources, but sure to apply recommended evaluation criteria before using any information in your research paper.
For most people residing in the United States, English is the only language spoken in the home. However, many languages other than English are spoken in homes across the country. Data on speakers of languages other than English and on their English-speaking ability provide more than an interesting portrait of our nation. Routinely, these data are used in a wide variety of legislative, policy, legal, and research applications.
In 2000 the VolkswagenFoundation started the DOBES programme (Dokumentation bedrohter Sprachen) in order to document languages that are potentially in danger of becoming extinct within a few years’ time. In 2000 the pilot phase was started with seven documentation teams and one archiving team.
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The Endangered Languages Project puts technology at the service of the organizations and individuals working to confront the language endangerment by documenting, preserving and teaching them. Through this website, users can not only access the most up to date and comprehensive information on Endangered Languages as well as samples being provided by partners, but also play an active role in putting their languages online by submitting information or samples in the form of text, audio or video files.
Ethnologue: Languages of the World is a comprehensive reference work cataloging all of the world’s known living languages. Since 1951, the Ethnologue has been an active research project involving hundreds of linguists and other researchers around the world. It is widely regarded to be the most comprehensive source of information of its kind.
Etymologies are not definitions; they're explanations of what our words meant 600 or 2,000 years ago. These are histories of words only, not things or ideas. The modern word for something might have replaced old, forgotten words for the same object or concept.
The UK is a rich landscape of regional accents and dialects, each evidence of society’ s continuity and change, local history and our day-to-day lives. This site captures and celebrates the diversity of spoken English in the second half of the twentieth century.
The speech accent archive uniformly presents a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English read the same paragraph and are carefully transcribed. The archive is used by people who wish to compare and analyze the accents of different English speakers.
22 maps that show how Americans speak English totally different from each other (Business Insider)
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