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Welcome to the WVDP!

The West Virginia Dialect Project was founded in 1998 to learn about language variation in Appalachia. Supported by research grants, our efforts have led to academic articles, professional presentations, and public outreach.
An important part of our mission is to teach about dialect diversity in the Mountain State. Coordinating with schools, community groups, legal counsel, and health service organizations, members of the WVDP have taught many audiences about how language works.

If you have recordings, local terms, questions, etc. you would like to share/ask about, please submit them to our email!