Twitalectology, in short, was a project which used Twitter posts to create dialect maps. Linguists have been interested in studying how dialects vary and evolve for decades, but studying dialects on a large scale has traditionally required years of travel, data collection, and analysis. Twitalectology’s goal was to make this process much quicker and simpler for certain dialectal features, such as words and phrases.

Twitalectology was originally conducted in 2011; since then, several researchers have gone on to conduct far more exhaustive and extensive studies of language use on Twitter. If Twitalectology interests you, you may also be interested in the work of researchers like Jack Grieve, Jacob Eisenstein, Tyler Schnoebelen, and Allison Shapp.

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Unfortunately, the deprecation of Google Fusion Tables means that the interactive maps previously shown on this page are no longer available. If you’re interested in taking a closer look at the data, feel free to review the links above or send me an email. Thanks!