DARE partnered with the UW Survey Center to test the feasibility of a new nationwide language survey—this time, online. The 2013–14 Online Survey of Wisconsin English (OSWE) had over 4,000 visits to the online survey and 1,730 participants answered at least one question; 1,663 were from Wisconsin. See participant map [pdf]. We received just under 400,000 responses, though only 622 participants met the official survey’s eligibility requirements. These responses will be used in a variety of ways to further linguistic research. However, of the eligible participants, only 245 of these are considered “official” respondents, (the first person to complete a section from each target community) and these are the responses that are provided in the survey results below.
Additional materials related to OSWE include: telephone interviews by 43 Wisconsin residents, maps featuring interesting survey results, and quotations used as evidence in new and revised entries in the Quarterly Updates. For more details about the survey see our Winter 18.1 2015 DARE Newsletter or view this summary [pdf].
We want to express our sincere gratitude to the excellent staff at the UW Survey Center: John Stevenson, Associate Director, Ken Croes, Senior Project Director, Nadia Assad, Project Director, Brendan Day, Programmer, and all the excellent call center Interviewers. And, of course, we couldn’t have done this without the survey and telephone interview participants. They volunteered their time and effort with no expectation of compensation of any kind. Their contributions to linguistic scholarship are beyond measure. So to all you guys who were freehearted enough to help us out, we say thank you kindly, danke schoen, gracias, much obliged, appreciate it, and merci.
Instructions: Either browse through the alpha question codes or topics below and click to get the full list of questions for that topic, or use the search bar. The alphanumeric question code is included at both the question and response pages. For now, if you wish to search by specific question code, please use the main website search bar above. A survey-specific search function is slated for the near future.
A few words of caution: When comparing survey responses from this survey and the 1965–70 DARE Survey, remember that the 2013–14 survey is for Wisconsin only while the 1960s responses are nationwide. Questions and question codes were often revised in the new 2013–14 Questionnaire and we have noted this on response pages when applicable.
DARE Data Summary by Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.