June 8th, 2013 / 4:42 pm

Tiny Linguistic Maps of My House

By now you’ve probably seen the linguistic maps of the United States that depict how oddly people speak outside of the South. Loyer? What? Recently, I’ve been working on a similar (though much larger in scope) project mapping the speech patters in my household, which is made up of me and Laura Relyea of Vouched Books. By tracking the usage and pronunciation of the two members of the household, I was able to create graphical representations of linguistic differentiation in a Southern urban domestic setting. Theoretically, I leaned heavily on Wittgenstein in analyzing my data. Here are some of the results.

Caramelize map


Aunt map


affluent map



Chambray map



Forward map



Laura map



Beer map


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  1. Alex Jefferson

      In addition to being cute, this is clever in a way that Chris Ware’s work is clever.

  2. Trey

      sweet. I appreciate that, like the link, it’s pretty much a vehicle for one booze-related joke. talkin bout “brew thru”.

  3. michael

      this is hilarious

  4. JosephYoung

      last night a-rob said this was funny. yep!