INTERACTIVE: European Word Translator

November 6, 2017 // 0 Comments

This is a neat site that one of my students found after I had them do the work the “long” way using Google translate. I gave my students a map of Europe and had them look up a common word using Google Translate. This killed a few birds with one stone because we were able to 1) remind us where countries were in Europe, 2) had them research the predominant language in each country, 3) had them make hypothesis as to the LANGUAGE FAMILIES that each country belonged to, and 4) had them put in use the word “ISOGLOSS” to distinguish where languages diverge. Here is a picture of my finished product that the kids did for their notebook. I think I will still have them complete this assignment using the new website, the only bad thing is that it doesn’t tell them what the predominant languages are for each country. Here is the cool website: European Word [...]

INTERACTIVE: Pop Vs. Soda Interactive Survey

June 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

This interactive website created by PhD candidate, Alan McConchie allows for you to participate in an ongoing mapping project to see where people are saying “pop”, “soda”, and “coke.”  Enter your data to be included in the [...]

LESSON PLAN: Dialect Surveys of the United States

June 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Topics: Language, isogloss, dialect, accent, regional dialect, thematic maps Time: 50 minutes Purpose: To make a visual connection/understanding of isoglosses within the United States and see regional variations in the English language. Materials: Computer lab or iPads/Android devices, notebook, blank political map of U.S. Procedure: 1) Discuss/Lecture on isoglosses, dialect, accent (preferably after discussing the language tree). 2)Ask students if they have examples of friends or family who say words differently then what they do. 3) Pick 5-10 words/phrases from the Dialect Survey site and ask them to write down (phonetically) how they would say it, or the word that they would use to describe it. 4) Have the students partner up and verbalize their phonetic words/terms. 5) Debrief pair-share. 6) Have the student look at the Dialect Survey website and investigate three words/terms that they find most interesting. Tell them to write down where the general isogloss can be found on a [...]

RESOURCE: 22 Maps That Show The Deepest Linguistic Conflicts In America – Business Insider

June 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Topics: Language, dialect, pronunciation, accent, isogloss, thematic map Everyone knows that Americans don’t exactly agree on pronunciations.  Regional accents are a major part of what makes American English so interesting as a dialect. Joshua Katz, a Ph. D student in statistics at North Carolina State University, just published a group of awesome visualizations of Professor Bert Vaux and Scott Golder’s linguistic survey that looked at how Americans pronounce words. (via detsl on /r/Linguistics) His results were first published on Abstract, the N.C. State research blog. Follow the link below to see some more of the coolest maps from his collection. Read more: 22 Maps That Show The Deepest Linguistic Conflicts In America – Business [...]
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