About Digital DARE

The five volumes of DARE

The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE)—representing the full panoply of American regional vocabulary, from Adam’s housecat to Zydeco—has long been consulted by a wide range of scholars and lovers of language and regional nuance. The digital version, available now at daredictionary.com, transforms the dictionary into an interactive, multimedia tool that will greatly benefit both scholarly inquiry and general intellectual curiosity.

Key Features

  • State-of-the-art search
  • Browsing by region as well as alphabetically
  • Audio of original DARE field recordings
  • Maps illustrating regional distribution
  • Saved searches and entries for easy reference
  • Insights into the DARE survey
  • Bibliography of over 12,000 sources cited in the dictionary

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The Books

Harvard University Press is happy to offer new dust jackets to longtime DARE devotees who would like their older volumes to match the updated look of Volumes V and VI. Please for details.

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Lessons from Plants, by Beronda L. Montgomery, from Harvard University Press

From Our Blog

Jacket: The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America, by Beth Lew-Williams, from Harvard University Press

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Part II

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we’re showcasing titles that document the Asian American experience. Our second excerpt comes from Beth Lew-Williams’s prizewinning book The Chinese Must Go: Violence, Exclusion, and the Making of the Alien in America, which historian Richard White describes as “a powerful argument about racial violence that could not be more timely.” Monday night, Gong was asleep in his tent when the vigilantes returned