This research explores people’s perceptions of how English is spoken in Washington State. We asked long-time residents to draw on a map where they think people speak differently around Washington. Some people think everyone in WA sounds the same while others think there are different kinds of English spoken in Washington. We’re conducting this research because there is a paucity of information about English in WA. We believe this type of research is essential in order to have a better understanding of English in WA and language variety in general.
This research is being conducted by Betsy E. Evans who is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Washington.
The maps you see on the Results pages were created from the data by Matt Dunbar who is a GIS Specialist at the University of Washington Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology.