SPANISH LANGUAGE VARIETIES IN THE US: A project to archive community, cultural and educational resources
Their goal is to establish a corpus that reflects the range of Spanish varieties spoken in this country, including, importantly those which are native to the U.S. They are asking anyone who has access to data that could be included in the database to fill out the following questionnaire. For everybody else, they’re asking you to distribute this questionnaire widely! You should complete the following questions and return them to firstname.lastname@example.org or to email@example.com .
Your name, institution and contact information:
1.) If you have data or access to data appropriate for this project, would you be willing/able to add your collection to such a database? And if not, why not?
2.) With respect to your data set, please outline details on the speakers catalogued, below.
a. How many recordings do you have available?
b. What dialect[s]/variety[ies] do your informants speak? We are aware that answers may be rather subjective, if not multiple.
c. Of what ethnic background are your informants? [birthplace, age/generation, gender, education, class?]
d. Are they first, second, third, fourth… generation US residents/citizens?
e. How were the informants selected?
f. How are speech samples organized (e.g. interview? read text?)?
g. Who conducts the interviews? (i.e. compatriots, others, Are they known to the interviewee? Or not?)
h. In what format are the recordings available (audiotape, digital, video)?
i. Approximately how long is each recording?
j. Approximately how many hours total?
k. Do you have the speakers’ permission to share anonymous portions of their recordings, or were they collected before IRB consent forms were required?
l. Is your data set protected by the IRB at your current institution? If not, which institution granted the initial approval? Would your current institution’s IRB allow you to share your data for the purposes of this study?
This is a great project that addresses a major gap in the research on Spanish linguistics (U.S. variation). Much work has been done on English language variation, and that work has been helped in no small part by similar databases at U. Penn, UGA, and NCSU. Please address any questions about this project to Drs. Schwartz and Zentella. Let’s see if we can get this project off the ground!