The author reports on a questionnaire study that was conducted in 2001 with the participation of 1000 university or college students majoring in Hungarian language and literature and coming from all over the Carpathian Basin. Most items of the questionnaire inquired into the subjects' knowledge concerning Hungarian dialects. Students who had already completed their dialectology courses were also asked about the education in dialectology they had received and the extent to which it influenced their thinking. The results revealed some deficiencies in the subjects' knowledge on the one hand, and directed the author's attention to certain shortcomings of the teaching of dialectology that tend to occur alongside its obvious advantages, on the other.
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