Field of Science

The English Grammars of the World

It's widely observed that not everybody speaks English the same way. Depending on where you grew up, you might say y'all, you guys, or just you. You might pronounce grocery as if it were "groshery" or "grossery." There have been some excellent, fine-grained studies of how these aspects of English vary across the United States and elsewhere, such as this one.

But vocabulary and pronunciation aren't the only things that vary across different dialects of English. We are in the midst of a soft launch of a new project which will, among things, help map out the differences in English grammar around the world.

I put together a visualization of early results below (you may want to load it in its own page -- depending on your browser, the embedded version below may not work). You can use this graphic to explore the similarities among nine English dialects (American, Canadian, English English, Irish, New Zealandish,  Northern Irish, Scottish, and South African).

As more results come in (about other dialects like Ebonics and Welsh, about specific parts of America or Canada, etc.), I'll be updating this graphic. So please take the survey and then check back in soon.

Load the graphic directly here.

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