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Over the years, the Center for the Study of the American Constitution has benefited from DARE. Periodically we have been assisted in identifying obscure local terms that are not identifiable elsewhere. . . . In my travels around the country, I find that DARE is one of those projects readily known throughout academia. Even beyond the academic world, I have found that a goodly number of federal judges are aware of and use DARE. It is one of the great projects that identifies the University of Wisconsin-Madison as an internationally renowned university.

John P. Kaminski, Director, Center for the Study of the American Constitution

As an important part of my classes in Varieties of English [at the Freie Universität Berlin], we addressed . . . the relation of regional lexical items to the historical background of the populations. Looking at DARE . . . was a valuable part of these classes.

Carol Pfaff, Carl Schurz Guest Professor, German Department

I use the dictionary yearly to provide my CS&D 110 students examples of dialect variation that are both entertaining, instructive, and stimulating.  

Gary Weismer, Oros Bascom Professor and Chair, Communication Sciences & Disorders

I and some of my students draw on DARE material in both research and outreach dealing with regional linguistic diversity in the U.S. . . . And scholars from a range of humanistic and social scientific disciplines aside from linguistics (e.g., history, folklore) also draw on DARE material. DARE . . . is entering a new phase that crucially involves the interpretation of its findings and their dissemination to diverse audiences, both scholarly and non-scholarly.

Mark Louden, Department of German

Joan Hall and Luanne von Schneidemesser and I hosted a workshop specifically for sign language interpreters, in order to increase interpreter awareness and ability to monitor their use of Regional English in their own work.

Amy Free, McBurney Disability Resource Center

I often refer to DARE in my various American folklore courses, rely on it as a scholar and editor, send students to consult it for their research projects, and sometimes work with students to substantiate/more fully document regional English from their experiences so as to add to the ongoing work of DARE.

Jim Leary, Scandinavian Studies, Center for the Study of Upper Midwestern Cultures

While my own areas of professional interest do not make use of DARE I have consulted it for my personal interests and I have always found it to be a most impressive and valuable resource. Its value will only be enhanced when it is available in digital form.

Robert J. Bickner, Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia

I can vouch for the importance of DARE to my ongoing research. . . [But] the books are frozen in time and space until they can merit a new edition, so the digital format can incorporate changes, additions, and more interactivity.

Janet Gilmore, Natural Resources--Landscape Architecture

I have used DARE in a History of Science class to illustrate the huge changes not only in farming technology over the decades, but also the differences in people's perceptions of the tools and equipment and the differences in names from one part of the country to another

Tom Bromon, History of Science Department

I am writing a book on the English passive, a construction not normally associated with dialectal speech. . . . According to the literature, the get-passive occurs only with a handful of verbs. . . . When I asked Chief Editor Joan Houston Hall about this, she invited me to study the DARE fieldwork evidence. I found that the get-passive was used with more than 70 verbs . . . and I can’t think of another source that would have provided me with the same kind of in-depth information.

Anja Wanner, University of Wisconsin–Madison

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