Who Needs Location Tags? Your Slang on Twitter Reveals Where You Are

Research Finds Regional Dialects Are Alive and Well on Twitter: Slang Terms Like Y’all, Yinz, Koo, Coo and Suttin Predict Location of Tweet Authors

Microbloggers may think they’re interacting in one big Twitterverse, but researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Computer Science find that regional slang and dialects are as evident in tweets as they are in everyday conversations. Postings on Twitter reflect some well-known regionalisms, such as Southerners’ “y’all,” and Pittsburghers’ “yinz,” and the usual regional divides in references to soda, pop and Coke. But Jacob Eisenstein, a post-doctoral fellow in CMU’s Machine Learning Department, said the automated method he and his colleagues have developed for analyzing Twitter word use shows that regional dialects appear to be evolving within social media.

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