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20 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From One Another.

One of the things that make the United States special is its diverse and varied linguistic background. You might think people speak the same English you and I know, but that’s not actually the case. The number of different accents spoken in the US and the degree of lexical variation are just fascinating. Language variation is probably one of the most exciting stuff that linguists concern themselves with. It highlights the unique ways that people choose to communicate and make themselves understood. Joshua Katz, a Ph.D. student of statistics at North Carolina State University, took on the job of mapping the linguistic variation of the US and published them in a book he titled Speaking American. Here are some of the coolest maps from his collection. 

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