[Edling] The Closing of the Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE)

Francis Hult francis.hult at englund.lu.se
Sat Sep 23 02:23:25 EDT 2017


The New Yorker


The Closing of a Great American Dialect Project


DARE was primarily supported by grants, especially from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. In recent years, small individual donations played an increasing role in the project’s funding. The institutional donors pretty much felt that they did their job to get the dictionary to “Z.” The publicity from the completion of the main text led to an influx of enough money to finish Volume VI, which included maps and indices, but that was it. In the last few years, the staff applied for additional grants to update and add new entries; these failed to materialize. Squeaking by on royalties and individual gifts, and with several editors working on a volunteer basis, the dictionary was able to publish some quarterly updates, but by the beginning of this year, it was necessary to lay off the staff.


Full story:
https://www.newyorker.com/culture/cultural-comment/the-closing-of-a-great-american-dialect-project?google_editors_picks=true

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