In this paper, we discuss rapid, semiautomatic annotation techniques of detailed phonological phenomena for large corpora. We describe the use of these techniques for the development of a corpus of American English dialects. The resulting annotations and corpora will support both large-scale linguistic dialect analysis and automatic dialect identification. We delineate the semiautomatic annotation process that we are currently employing and, a set of experiments we ran to validate this process. From these experiments, we learned that the use of ASR techniques could significantly increase the throughput and consistency of human annotators.