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DIRECTIONS: Find the following information pertaining to your county of residence and hometown.
• You may use any resources to find this data, just be sure to make of note of your sources (you may use any standard citation style). Note: Wikipedia is not an acceptable source! If you live in Kentucky or Tennessee, Dr. G. has some sources you may use during her office hours. There are also many resources online or in the library that focus on place names.
• Word-process your answers directly into this file, adjust the spacing for your answers as needed, and print off the entire assignment.
• All answers must be in Times New Roman, 12 point (the same as this document).
• Staple all your pages together and be sure to double-check your work (Five point deduction for failing to follow directions!).
1. What is your county and state of legal residence? (Note: If you are an international student, select Kentucky,Warren County, and Bowling Green as your residence.)
2. What is your county seat town or hometown (pick one) and how did it get its name? (This should be at least one paragraph—at least 10 lines).
3. Create a map of the United States showing the distribution of towns with the same name as your county seat town. There are many web sites that allow you to search place names. One that I recommend is: http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=139:1:1236369364880273
• Place a dot on the map to represent each town with the same name.
• Give the map a title
• Include a key for the map
• Be prepared to discuss the toponym pattern that developed on the map and explain the pattern (Hint: think about the five themes in cultural geography!).
4. Look at a map of your home county. In your opinion, what is the most unusual place name in your county (other than the county seat)? How did it get its name? Your answer should be a full paragraph, at least 10 lines.
PART II: POP GOES THE GEOGRAPHY OF LANGUAGE
DIRECTIONS: Go to the following website that features the great “pop” versus “soda” debate and answer the following questions. (http://www.popvssoda.com).
1. What word or words do you use to for a carbonated beverage?
2. Click on the “View the Pop vs. Soda Statistics” link. List the responses (in order of highest to lowest) for the U.S. and your home state.
3. Using the same link (http://www.popvssoda.com), click on your home state and list four “Other” responses.
4. Now find out which dialect region best describes your own language usage! Click on this link and take the survey. Keep track of your responses for each question in the table below. In the first column, enter what you are being asked to describe. In the second column, put in how you answered. In the third column, look at the map that pops up after you answer and describe which region was most similar to your answer.
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