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Regional Twitter Accents

Study Tracks Regional Twitter "Accents"

Adjusting your Twitter trending topics by city is a good way to get an idea of what is going on in different cities around the world, and now a new study has aimed to identify regional "accents" on Twitter. A group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University attempted to identify a range of geographical dialects based on 380,000 tweets (nearly 4.5 million words) posted from regions across the country.

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Researchers were able to distinguish plenty of regional slang, from "coo" vs. "koo" (Southern vs. Northern California) and "y'all" vs. "yinz" (the South vs. Pittsburgh). While some regional phrases were already established slang ("y'all," for example), they did note some social media-specific words, too.

Researchers plan to study if and how these terms and trends spread between cities as part of a larger conversation about the language we use while communicating online.

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