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Organization name: university of georgia
Keywords: linguistic atlas project (ALL of these words -- matching substrings)

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PW-50007-08Preservation and Access: Humanities Collections and Reference ResourcesUniversity of GeorgiaDigitization of Atlas Audio Recordings7/1/2008 - 12/31/2011$349,600.00William Kretzschmar   University of GeorgiaAthensGA30602-0001USA2008EnglishHumanities Collections and Reference ResourcesPreservation and Access34960003496000

Digitization of interviews from the Linguistic Atlas Project, including 6,400 hours of audio interviews with speakers of American English from the 1960s to the 1990s.

The Linguistic Atlas Project (LAP) consists of a set of survey research projects about the words and pronunciation of everyday American English, including thousands of interviews across the country from the 1930s through the present. This project will digitize all surviving LAP audio recordings, a total of 6400 hours from interviews in the 1960s through the present. Interviews consist mainly of six-hour conversations between a field worker and a speaker native to a survey area, about the common circumstances of life in America (e.g. family, housing, food, customs, flora and fauna). The interviews will be indexed by time and topic, and made available on the LAP Web site and on CD. Complete information about speakers and interviews (metadata), created according to archival standards, will be stored with the topical index in a software system built to support public Web access to archives of regional language varieties. The audio archive will preserve the 20th-century voice of America.