This study aims to (1) identify current geographic patterns of major New England dialect features relative to prior work in previous generations and (2) test the effectiveness of large-scale audio crowdsourcing by using Amazon Mechanical Turk to collect sociophonetic data. Using recordings from 626 speakers across the region, this is the largest acoustic sociophonetic study ever conducted in New England. Although face-to-face fieldwork will always be crucial in sociolinguistics and dialectology, we believe that online audio-recorded crowdsourcing can play a valuable complementary role, offering an efficient way to greatly increase the scope of sample sizes and sociolinguistic knowledge.
Bring on the Crowd! Using Online Audio Crowd-Sourcing for Large-Scale New England Dialectology and Acoustic Sociophonetics
SRAVANA REDDY is a researcher at Spotify and an affiliate at Dartmouth College. Her interests lie in natural language processing, speech and audio analysis, and machine learning. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JAMES N. STANFORD is associate professor of linguistics at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. In addition to New England English, he studies variation in less commonly studied minority languages in East/Southeast Asia. He coedited Variation in Indigenous Minority Languages with Dennis Preston (Benjamins, 2009). Email: email@example.com.
EZRA WYSCHOGROD is a Ph.D. student in linguistics at Georgetown University. His research interests include variation, sociophonetics, language contact, and the phonetics-phonology interface. He has carried out original fieldwork both for this study and for documentation of a Kru language in West Africa. Currently, he is researching religious context as a sociophonetic variable in the speech of L2 Hebrew speakers. His work has been featured at NWAV and ICEL. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
JACK GRIEVE is professorial fellow in corpus linguistics in the Department of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Birmingham. His research focuses on the analysis of language variation and change in the English Language using quantitative and computational methods. Email:email@example.com.
Chaeyoon Kim, Sravana Reddy, James N. Stanford, Ezra Wyschogrod, Jack Grieve; Bring on the Crowd! Using Online Audio Crowd-Sourcing for Large-Scale New England Dialectology and Acoustic Sociophonetics. American Speech 1 May 2019; 94 (2): 151–194. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00031283-7251252
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