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“I’m currently working on the translation of Breece Pancake’s stories (Trilobites and other Stories) and I’m trying my best to bring into my language the nuances and tones of his style. . . . I’ve already done a lot of research for this translation, and the DARE dictionary was really a precious help. I was lucky enough to find a copy of the dictionary here in Bologna, where I live, in our university library.”
Cristiana Minnella, Translator, Bologna Italy

"Vol. V is just as impressive—and lovely—as I–IV. I have been browsing through it without looking for anything specific, just oohing and aahing over it. What a job you and Fred and the whole editorial staff did, all the way up through Z."
August Rubrecht, former DARE Fieldworker, Professor Emeritus of English, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire

“I have used the information I have received from DARE . . . [while] serving as dialect coach for professional actors at the Denver Center Theatre Company, the Cincinnati Playhouse-in-the-Park, and (most notably) the Royal National Theatre of Great Britain and the Royal Shakespeare Company. . . . DARE is a national treasure.”
Kathryn G. Maes, University of Colorado at Denver

"As someone who has tilled this proverbial field for more than four decades, I made discoveries in this fifth volume (previously in the other four volumes, of course) that I would never have dreamt of. And, due to the truly regional orientation of DARE, I discovered many proverbial phrases that I had never come across before."
Wolfgang Mieder, University of Vermont

“Threat letters and ransom notes can be a rich source of forensic information. The problem is that most law enforcement officers and prosecutors are unfamiliar with linguistic variation in English speech and writing. . . . DARE often provides this valuable resource on English variation for me to use in helping the police narrow down their list of suspects.”
Roger Shuy, Roger W. Shuy, Inc., Linguistic Services

“I use the DARE website for my undergraduate English 370 course ‘Introduction to English Linguistics.’. . . The DARE information, particularly the audio samples of ‘Arthur the Rat,’ supplements the students’ study of phonetic transcription for American English dialects, providing real-life examples of regional dialects and their linguistic features.”
Beth Backes, Old Dominion University

“I recommend the DARE to SSILA [=Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas] members. It has lots of data on local words of Native American origin.”
Ives Goddard, Smithsonian Institution

DARE has become my favorite reading and has helped me in the Blue Ridge Mountains section of the novel I'm now working on [=I Am Charlotte Simmons, 2004].”
Tom Wolfe, Writer, New York, New York

“It is no exaggeration to say that this reliance on DARE made my own volume [=From Ulster to America: The Scotch-Irish Heritage of American English, 2006] far richer and more substantial. My volume thus represents a kind of ripple effect of DARE, which not only records American English, but makes it available in numerous ways to other scholars.”
Michael B. Montgomery, University of South Carolina, Emeritus

“Your tapes have been an invaluable resource in my work as a dialect coach. In researching the dialects for the upcoming Broadway revival of Oklahoma, I found that yours were the best resources available for sounds of turn-of-the-century northeast Oklahoma. The clarity, diversity, and length of the recordings enabled me to make distinctions among the dialects of nearly forty characters.”
Kate Wilson, The Juilliard School, Drama Division

“One of my interests is the history of commercial names in the U.S. DARE is a valuable resource in that regard. I know that DARE is constantly being consulted by intellectual property attorneys for that very reason. I always mention DARE when I teach the Language and Law course that I give at Duke.”
Ron Butters, Duke University

“Congratulations! It's splendid! A quick glance . . . at the infamous 'N-word' shows what is undoubtedly the most sensitive and accurate treatment of this word ever produced. But similar treasures can be found on almost every page [of Volume III].”
Sidney I. Landau, Reference Director, Cambridge University Press, N. American Branch

“Your assistance has brought a sigh of relief to a great many librarians at our library. Thanks!”
Amy E. Kinard, Jackson County Library, Medford, Oregon

“Here in the Institute for Oral History, we use the Dictionary of [American] Regional English frequently to assist us in transcribing oral history memoirs. . . . When an undergraduate student transcriber gets stumped, . . . we exhaust the standard unabridged dictionary, then we turn to the DARE. . . . We use it on a regular basis, and we need it.”
M. Rebecca Sharpless, Director, Institute for Oral History, Baylor University

“Although I'm not a linguist, I've found the volumes of the DARE immensely helpful in a variety of public history projects. . . . I realize it [=DARE] must be a monumental task, but I think it's an immensely important project whose value, for both scholars and the general public, will appreciate over the years.”
Curt Miner, Historian, State Museum of Pennsylvania

DARE is used extensively by Merriam-Webster for research into regional terms. . . . We consider it one of the most important resources in our editorial library, and one of the two or three most important ongoing dictionary projects in English.”
Joanne Despres, Senior Editor, Merriam-Webster, Inc.

“A mediator used this term [=dogfall settlement] yesterday and I had to look it up online.  I found the definition in a ‘screen shot’ of the DARE.  It is a term used to denote a tie in a wrestling match or a fight.  Looks like it is used primarily in Arkansas, KY, etc., which is interesting because this mediator was from Louisville.”
Wright Mitchell, Attorney, Atlanta, Georgia

The Dictionary of American Regional English is a terrific resource for the courses that I teach in English syntax and morphology. . . . The DARE editors have made wonderful contributions to my classes, giving guest lectures and even designing tasks that allowed students to contribute to DARE (by checking electronic historical data bases for early attestations of regionalisms). Students also love the interview I recently did with Joan Hall on the subject of common beliefs about dialects, as part of my podcast series [at].”
Anja Wanner, University of WisconsinMadison

“Not only is DARE important in my research of slang and regionalisms, it is particularly useful in demonstrating regional and social dialects to middle school and high school students.”
David Barnhart, Editor, The Barnhart Dictionary Companion

“I use DARE when we discuss dialects and language variation and change—we go to the library and do a DARE ‘scavenger hunt’ in which students have a list of dialect terms they look up in DARE. . . . We also always use at least one of the DARE ‘quizzes’ from the web site.”
Patti Kurtz, Minot State University, North Dakota

“I tend to stress methods in that course [=American dialects], and those pieces from the fieldworkers [in the DARE Newsletter] provide a great sense of what it really was like to collect field data.”
Matthew Gordon, University of Missouri–Columbia

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