The People Within the Dictionary: Demographics of the DARE Informants


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In anticipation of the availability of many of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) primary materials, this article explores the demographic composition of the 3,577 DARE informants, expanding on what has been published in volume 1. This article compares the community type, sex, race, age, education, and socioeconomic status of the DARE informants to contemporary U.S. Census numbers to determine the extent to which they can be taken as a representative sample of the U.S. population. The ancillary materials of the DARE archive provide a sample of the language, culture, and history of the United States and its people, an archive that is of potential interest to a wide range of scholars who may have new uses for this data.


Anthropological Linguistics and Sociolinguistics | Linguistics

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