Tuesday, May 21, 2013

map of north american english dialects

the thing that i find most striking about this map, is the wide geography of the "canada" dialect. it goes from ontario all the way to british columbia. the only other dialect with that much territory is "the west", but the western dialect seems more compact than the sprawling dialect that spreadsacross almost all the anglophone areas of southern and western canada.

compare that with the packed northeast of the country. i live roughly in the middle of "the atlantic midland" and i can't drive more than an hour in any direction without crossing over into a place with a different dialect. how did canadian dialect stay so homogeneous? and why do dialects tend to have a larger area the farther west and south you go from new england?