Dictionary of American Regional English Faces Funding Troubles

Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2013 --- 10:08pm

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The well-respected Dictionary of American Regional English is facing funding problems -- just as it is about to go digital.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports (http://bit.ly/10pV1MI ) that editor Joan Houston Hall estimates it will take $250,000 to keep her staff throughout the year. She has issued layoff notices, effective July 1.

The dictionary features more than 60,000 regional words compiled by University of Wisconsin, Madison researchers over 48 years.

It will go online later this year. Hall says royalties from that venture would help close the funding gap, but that money won't come in until at least next year.

Hall is busy seeking new grant money from a variety of sources.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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