Last week I put up a link to a survey of Australia word choices. The thing went nuts, making it into the news a lot, and getting so many responses that the thing crashed temporarily on Friday. I helped the the Linguistics Roadshow team make the maps of the responses, and it’s been a good learning experience.
The link above is to the potato cake/scallop question - a vexed topic. You can see a rather clear dialect line between Victoria and New South Wales. This version of the same map below allows you to zoom around the map.
There is a bit of variation here, but still a strong north/south divide.
Another clear distinction is the preferred pronunciation of ‘dance’ - with Adelaide speakers showing their unique sensibilities.
You can see all the maps on this Linguistics Roadshow page. Not all of the maps have such clear divisions based on location. This was a delibrate design to get the students talking about what non-geographic reasons there may be for some differences.
Working with CartoDB is great fun, and the best program I’ve come across for pretty and easy map making. These maps populate directly from a Google Form spreadsheet, meaning they’ll continue to grow as more people do the survey. It was was the reason that we had some dramas when we easily exceded the daily response limit (protip, if you have a uni account use that to set up your Google Form and CartoDB! Thanks to andrewxhill for his SQL for separating points at the same coordinate, and thanks to this Andrew for getting it to work with our data. A big thank you also to the CartoDB team who helped us get the maps back up and running.
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