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Purpose of research:

The Pacific Northwest English (PNWE) project explores the extent of English dialect development in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. It also documents the stories of families with deep roots in the Pacific Northwest region.


The story of the Pacific Northwest is one of constant settlement and immigration. Although a few pockets of historically-isolated communities can be found, most people in the Pacific Northwest live in places where our voices intermingle with people of different backgrounds. Today, two hundred years after Lewis and Clark's historic voyage to the Pacific coast, has the Northwest been established long enough to have unique dialect features? or, Has the history of ongoing settlement made the Pacific Northwest the truest of American melting-pots? How much have Native Americans, Scandanavians, African-Americans, Asians, East-coast Americans, and other groups impacted the speech of this region?

Who we are looking for:

Speakers of American English born and raised in the Pacific Northwest between 1900 and 1985.

We particularly seek speakers of African-American, Japanese-American, Hispanic– American and Yakama background.

No known speech or hearing disorders.

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