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A dialect app maps the evolution of words and phrases through data

Researchers from the University of Cambridge in the UK, along with academics at the Universities of Bern and Zurich, have mapped the spread, evolution and decline of certain words and phrases by analyzing data from a free mobile app. The English Dialects App launched in January, with over 30,000 people around the UK providing results on the pronunciation of words and colloquialisms. Now, an updated version of the app has been made available, which guesses where the user is from at the end of the quiz.

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