LINGUIST List 12.2449

Wed Oct 3 2001

FYI: Formal/Functional Ling, English Accents Website

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  2. Donn Bayard, Anthropology Department, Evaluating English Accents Worldwide website: new results

Message 1: LSA / DGfS Summer School 2002

Date: Tue, 02 Oct 2001 09:44:32 +0200
From: Summer School <sschoolmail.phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de>
Subject: LSA / DGfS Summer School 2002

First Special Linguistic Summer Program hosted by the Deutsche Gesellschaft 
fuer Sprachwissenschaft and co-sponsored by the Linguistic Society of America

FORMAL AND FUNCTIONAL LINGUISTICS
at Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf 14 July - 3 August 2002

The event will offer basic and advanced specialized credit courses on the 
model of the Summer Schools of the Deutsche Gesellschaft f�r 
Sprachwissenschaft and the Linguistic Institutes of the LSA. There will be 
a range of special events on the state of the art in formal and functional 
lines of inquiry that have dominated general linguistics, as well as on the 
relevance of these two approaches to specialized disciplines like language 
acquisition, language change, and language contact.

An optional program in German language and culture, focusing on 
the Rhinelands (the Duesseldorf and Cologne area) will be offered for 
foreign participants.

Director: Dieter Stein, Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf
Associate Director: Ellen Prince, University of Pennsylvania

Contact:
Summer Program
Anglistik III
Heinrich-Heine-Universitaet Duesseldorf
Universitaetsstr. 1
D-40225 D�sseldorf
Germany
email: summerschoolphil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de
http://www.phil-fak.uni-duesseldorf.de/summerschool2002/
Fon: +49 211 81-12963
Fax: +49 211 81-15292
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Message 2: Evaluating English Accents Worldwide website: new results

Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2001 17:26:34 +1200
From: Donn Bayard, Anthropology Department <donn.bayardstonebow.otago.ac.nz>
Subject: Evaluating English Accents Worldwide website: new results

EVALUATING ENGLISH ACCENTS WORLDWIDE WEBSITE:
NEW DATA

The website of the EEAWW project has recently been updated, with the 
results section in particular featuring much more legible graphs and 
tables. Four new results pages based on new samples have also been 
added. These feature:

* 67 Singapore boys' high school students (collected by Niti Pawakapan)
* 156 USP students, including 60 Fijians, 56 Indo-Fijians, and a sample of
 	students from 10 Pacific Island nations (collected by France Mugler)
* 60 Fijian students from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji
	(collected by France Mugler)
* 56 Indo-Fijian students from the University of the South Pacific,
	Fiji (collected by France Mugler)

URL: http://www.otago.ac.nz/anthropology/Linguistic/Accents.html

NOTE: As a result of general upgrading of the Otago Anthropology 
Department website this URL will probably change slightly in the 
future. A redirection notice will be added.

Other data currently being collected or processed for posting include:
* 50 students at York University, UK (collected by Dominic Watt)
* 46 students at Hong Kong Baptist University (collected by Vicky Man; sample
	currently being enlarged)

Plans are also well under way for data collecting from:
* Luoyang, China (Cai Jinting)
* France and Ireland (Rachel Hoare)
* Nigeria (Rachel Reynolds)
* University of Bergen, Norway (Bjarne Vandeskog)
* Poland (Michal Remiszewski)
* Alabama, USA (for comparison with Cleveland sample; Rachel Shuttlesworth)

We still badly need researchers/collectors from South Asia, Latin 
America, and East and South Africa.

One final note about our stimulus voices. These have been available 
as audio clips on our website for some time, but these are not to be 
downloaded for distribution as "standard" or "benchmark" examples of 
the accents for teaching, or for any other purpose without prior 
permission from the EEAWW project. To do so is in conflict with the 
ethical principles of most of our universities, and we ask you to 
respect this. *The samples are meant for on-site listening purposes 
only.* 

These voices were chosen to elicit already-held stereotypes, rather 
than to encourage the development of new stereotypes based on using 
them as representative accents. The voices contain considerable 
variation, not only paralinguistically (e.g., the NZE male voice vs. 
the NAm female voice), but even phonologically in the same accent 
pair (e.g., the male and female EE voices). As we said in a recent 
publication based on these voices, "the search for a perfect stimulus 
tape is perhaps futile" (Bayard et al. 2001: 24). This is even more 
the case when it comes to single "standard" examples of accents.

		Donn Bayard, Coordinator
		EEAWW project
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Donn Bayard
Associate Professor
Anthropology Department Te Tari Matauranga Tikanga Tangata
University of Otago Te Whare Wananga o Otakou
Dunedin, New Zealand Otepoti, Aotearoa

 Phone +64 -3-479-8738
 Fax +64 -3-479-9095
 e-mail: DONN.BAYARDSTONEBOW.OTAGO.AC.NZ
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