Possible data: Oral Histories in the Old Dominion University Libraries

It’s important for students to have the opportunity to investigate language for language’s sake, but it’s often not feasible to have them do an entire oral history project (or even an interview) in a single semester.  Lots of Universities have oral history projects.  Here’s a link to several that are close to (my) home; they’re at the ODU library.  Here you will find a collection on several topic that are important to the local history, including massive resistance, the military, an the tidewater region.  The recording quality may not always be good enough for acoustic analysis, but it should be fine for most other kinds of research:

Oral Histories in the Old Dominion University Libraries.

Happy investigating!

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Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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