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General Online Dialect Atlas

General Online Dialect Atlas


A dialect atlas is a book of maps containing data from a linguistic area or selected geolinguistic interpretations illustrating dialect relationships, but an online dialect atlas is much more: it is a repository of data, a broad means to access and process the data, and a dynamic presentation of results in multiple forms.

Modern Information Technology has changed the way we present and use dialect atlases. Here is a proposal for a general online dialect atlas, and an account of some of the experiences that have led us to this proposal.

The proposal is in the form of a draft (unpublished) paper, and a corresponding Powerpoint presentation given at the International Linguistic Association meeting, New Paltz, New York, 16 April 2010. Comments to the authors (ewheeler@yorku.ca) are welcome.

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