LINGUIST List 13.1813

Fri Jun 28 2002

FYI: English Accents, Lang & Ling Museum

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  1. Donn Bayard, Anthropology Department, Evaluating English Accents WorldWide: New data and analyses
  2. Rachel Lunde, National Museum of Language Seeks Volunteers

Message 1: Evaluating English Accents WorldWide: New data and analyses

Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 18:09:40 +1200
From: Donn Bayard, Anthropology Department <>
Subject: Evaluating English Accents WorldWide: New data and analyses

The Evaluating English Accents WorldWide (EEAWW) Project is made up 
of an international group of scholars interested in analysing the 
evaluations and opinions of different national and ethnic groups to 
four of the "standard" accents of English: Near-RP (educated 
Southern English English); General North American; and 
middle-of-the-road Australian and New Zealand accents. We use 22 
personality, voice, and status traits in the questionnaire for this 
project. The data acquired by the EEAWW Project is being used in a 
number of different research projects and studies by participants. 
Linguists interested in language attitudes and learning, along with 
researchers in the social psychology of language and accent loyalty, 
media influence, the impact of paralinguistic features, and related 
topics in the Gilesian tradition should find our website interesting.

Our website is located at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New 
Zealand, ( it has 
recently been revamped and enlarged to make navigation easier. The 
site has full details on aims, methods, etc. and a sample 
questionnaire. Summary results of our evaluations in New Zealand, 
Australia, the USA, England, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Singapore, 
Hong Kong, and Fiji are already available on the site, along with 
sound clips of the accents used and the text read by each of the 
eight male and female voices. New additions since our last update in 
May of this year include:
* data on 133 native-born Japanese students at International 
Christian University, Tokyo.
* a new page on research under way at present.
* A summary of our research on the impact of intonation patterns on 
listener evaluation.
* An exploratory study contrasting significant dimensions used to 
group personality traits by Chinese and Japanese students on the one 
hand and Western students on the other.
* Data on the perceived ease of comprehension by Japanese and Hong 
Kong students of the eight voices used in the study.

The EEAWW Project is still actively seeking new researchers in 
Africa, Latin America, and South Asia. All researchers share access 
to the data obtained and may use it for any ethical research purpose. 
Please contact me at the e-mail address below if you are interested.

		Donn Bayard, EEAWW Coordinator


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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
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Message 2: National Museum of Language Seeks Volunteers

Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 10:05:29 +0000
From: Rachel Lunde <>
Subject: National Museum of Language Seeks Volunteers

The National Museum of Language is a start-up museum based in the Washington, 
DC, area, dedicated to educating and informing the general public about all 
matters related to languages and linguistics. Its focus is on language as it 
relates to all aspects of life, human development, and human history.

We periodically send out a call for volunteers to help us develop several 
projects related to the establishment of the museum. Volunteers are needed to 
help us in the following areas:

Grant writing
Speaker series
Young Linguists Program
Web Museum

There are many levels of involvement that may assist educators and professors 
in fulfilling requirements for service, while working in languages and 
linguistics. The museum also provides an opportunity for student volunteers 
to gain valuable professional experience. Language professionals or 
non-linguists who are interested in volunteering time to a museum for 
language are also encouraged to contact us.

Please contact Helen Carpenter at if you are 
interested in volunteering or supporting the National Museum of Language by 
becoming a member. If you are interested in becoming involved with the 
Programs Committee, please contact Lauren Raivel at 

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone else you think may be interested. 

Thanks, and we appreciate your interest. 

Helen S. Carpenter
Board of Directors
National Museum of Language
7100 Baltimore Avenue
Suite 202
College Park, MD 20740			
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