How a Rat’s Tale Helped Dialect Research

Read and listen to the story of Arthur the Rat. This short tale was used to obtain phonetic representation from throughout the country of all phonemes in American English. Recordings were made of DARE informants from all over the United States reading this passage when fieldwork for DARE was being carried out from 1965-70.

The Movable Museum

A number of exhibits are available for loan to responsible organizations who meet our security criteria.

These include exhibits on Japanese, Arabic, French, Chinese, and Spanish. Send a message through our contact form to inquire.

Click on the links below to learn about a few of the Museum’s exhibits.

Elderly writing Chinese on pavement with waterWriting Language: Passing it On

Emerging American Language in 1812

Glimpses of French in the Americasfrench frames

Virtual Exhibit

Philogelos: The First Joke Book