So I've read that dah-ta is more common in the US than in other places, but is day-ta or dah-ta more common to hear in the South? I haven't been able to find that out for sure.

  • I don't know if people have done studies on this. A related question with answers that focus on international differences: Data pronunciation: “dayta” or “data”? – herisson May 7 '16 at 0:52
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    Depends. Are you talking about a piece of information or a female offspring? – Hot Licks May 7 '16 at 3:10
  • I agree with @sumelic that this question has been answered generally. As a scientist who has lived, worked, and traveled through most of the U.S., I can say that dahta is very rare in my field. It also appears not to have had a detailed regional analysis, at least where I am used to looking for such: www4.uwm.edu/FLL/linguistics/dialect/maps.html – KWinker May 7 '16 at 6:32

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