Guide to the Pittsburgh Speech and Society Project Collection, 2003-2005 AIS.2009.02

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Pittsburgh Speech and Society Project Collection
Creator
Johnstone, Barbara
Creator
Kiesling, Scott F.
Collection Number
AIS.2009.02
Date
2003-2005
Extent
1.0 linear feet  (51 compact discs, 48 folders)
Abstract
The Pittsburgh Speech and Society Project was conducted between 2003 and 2005 by Barbara Johnstone, Professor of Linguistics and Rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University, and Scott F. Kiesling, Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh. The project involved recording interviews with Pittsburgh-born residents with the goal of studying the sociolinguistics of Pittsburgh speech, known informally as 'Pittsburghese.' The collection consists of 48 interviews on 51 compact disks as well as information about the interviewees, consent forms, and some transcripts. Digital reproductions of the collection are available online.

Preferred Citation

Pittsburgh Speech and Society Project Coalition, 2003-2005, AIS.2009.02, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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History

Barbara Johnstone, Professor of Linguistics and Rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University, and Scott F. Kiesling, Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh, directed the Pittsburgh Speech and Society Project as a way to study the sociolinguistics of Pittsburgh speech, informally known as 'Pittsburghese.' The project involved casually interviewing people from four Pittsburgh-area neighborhoods with the goal of capturing unselfconscious speech. The interviews were designed to inquire about people’s lives and attitudes about Pittsburgh, while investigating the local dialect. The project spanned 2003 through 2005, totaling 48 interviews. The project was made possible through funding by a U.S. National Science Foundation Collaborative Research award nos. BCS0417684 and BCS-0417657.

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Scope and Content Notes

The Pittsburgh Speech and Society Project Collection consists of 51 CDs containing 48 interviews as well as information about the interviewees and the project itself. Interviews were conducted by one of three people, with the majority being conducted by project director, Barbara Johnstone. Subjects involved interviews with lone subjects, married couples, and one mother-son couple. The interviews were designed to study the aspects of Pittsburgh language and dialects, however, as many of the questions relate to families, neighborhood histories, local news and individual events, life experiences in Pittsburgh are also captured.

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Arrangement

The collection has been arranged in two series. Series I consists of CDs containing audio WAV files of interviews and documents stored as PDF files. Series II contains printed versions of the PDF files from each CD. These documents include information about the Speech and Society Project as well as information on the subjects of the interviews and consent forms. Some interview transcripts are also included. Both series are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the interviewee.

Series I. CDs

Series II. Documents

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, August 2009

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Barbara Johnstone in February 2009.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the collection are available electronically at http://pittsburghspeech.pitt.edu/.

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Related Materials

Related Material

The research and outcome of the project is documented on the Pittsburgh Speech & Society Project website.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Carnegie-Mellon University.

Genre(s)

  • Interviews

Geographic Name(s)

  • Cranberry (Butler County, Pa. : Township)
  • East Liberty (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Forest Hills (Pa.)
  • Hill District (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • Lawrenceville (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
  • New Sewickley (Pa. : Township)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.)
  • Pittsburgh (Pa.) -- Social life and customs
  • Wilkinsburg (Pa.)

Subject(s)

  • Dialects -- Study and teaching
  • Education
  • English language -- Provincialisms -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Speech -- Research

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Compact discs require a computer to access audio content and PDF files of manuscript materials.

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Previous Citation

Pittsburgh Speech and Society Project Coalition, 2003-2005, AIS.2009.02, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. CDs, 2003-2005    1.0 box  (51 items)

Scope and Content Notes

Each CD contains audio WAV files of the interviews as well as PDF files with information about the project. Information includes consent forms and some transcripts. Interviewee information includes name, birth date, sex, neighborhood of residence, occupation, and primary ethnic affiliation. The CDS are arranged alphabetically by last name of the interviewee.

  BoxDisk
Baltimore, Terri, March 3, 2005    (3 PDF files, 7 audio files ) 11
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt ("Baltimore, Terri," online pending)
  Disk
Barton, Thomas and Rosemary, July 3, 2004    (3 PDF files, 11 audio files) 2
("Barton, Thomas and Rosemary," online pending)
  Disk
Becer, Allan, October 27, 2003    (4 PDF files, 7 audio files) 3
Transcript: Dahntahn 1 Transcript: Dahntahn 2 ("Becer, Allan," online pending) Transcript: Consumption, Community Groups
  Disk
Broge, Maureen, November 5, 2003    (4 PDF files, 7 audio files) 4
Transcript: Pittsburghese Transcript: Geezerhood ("Broge, Maureen," online pending)
  Disk
Cherry, Dicken, June 28, 2004    (3 PDF files, 7 audio files ) 5
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt ("Cherry, Dicken," online pending)
  Disk
Collins, Cynthia, December 15, 2003    (3 PDF files, 6 audio files ) 6
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt ("Collins, Cynthia," online pending)
  Disk
Conley, Eric, July 28, 2005    2.0 items  ( 2 PDF files, 4 audio files) 7-8
("Conley, Eric," online pending)
  Disk
Coy, Irma, March 14, 2005    (3 PDF files, 6 audio files) 9
("Coy, Irma," online pending) Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt
  Disk
Delaney, Kelly, February 7, 2004    (3 PDF files, 8 audio files) 10
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt ("Delaney, Kelly," online pending)
  Disk
Dickey, Stephanie, October 15, 2004    (3 PDF FILES, 12 audio files) 11
("Dickey, Stephanie," online pending) Transcript: Entire interview
  Disk
Estep, Mary and Lois Sharpe, July 7, 2004    (4 PDF files, 11 audio files) 12
("Estep, Mary and Lois Sharpe," online pending) Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt
  Disk
Evans, Betty, September 22, 2003    (3 PDF files, 4 audio files ) 13
("Evans, Betty," online pending) Transcript: Excerpts
  Disk
Evans, Marcy, July 14, 2004    (3 PDF files, 8 audio files ) 14
("Evans, Marcy," online pending) Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt
  Disk
Evans-Potter, Gail, September 30, 2003    (4 PDF files, 5 audio files ) 15
("Evans-Potter, Gail," online pending) Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt Transcript: Interuption
  Disk
Fletcher, Linda, February 2, 2004    (3 PDF files, 6 audio files ) 16
("Fletcher, Linda," online pending) Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt
  Disk
Folan, Maggie, December 1, 2003    (3 PDF files, 7 audio files ) 17
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt ("Folan, Maggie," online pending)
  Disk
Folan, Sally, November 14, 2003    (3 PDF files, 7 audio files ) 18
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt ("Folan, Sally," online pending)
  Disk
Franciscus, Wilfred, September 20, 2003    (5 PDF files, 4 audio files ) 19
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt ("Franciscus, Wilfred," online pending) Transcript: Excerpt 1 Transcript: Excerpt 2
  Disk
Fuchs, Derek, January 10, 2004    (4 PDF files, 8 audio files ) 20
Transcript: Mayor Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt ("Fuchs, Derek," online pending) Transcript: Reading 2
  Disk
Gallagher, Lisa, September 29, 2003    (3 PDF files, 4 audio files ) 21
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt ("Gallagher, Lisa," online pending)
  Disk
Gast, Mary and Robert, September 19, 2003    (3 PDF files, 4 audio files) 22
("Gast, Mary and Robert," online pending)
  Disk
Glasser, Jamie, May 18, 2004    (3 PDF files, 8 audio files ) 23
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt ("Glasser, Jamie," online pending)
  Disk
Gormley, Ken, October 21, 2003    (3 PDF files, 4 audio files ) 24
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt ("Gormley, Ken," online pending)
  Disk
Green, Kevin, February 2, 2005    (3 PDF files, 10 audio files ) 25
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt ("Green, Kevin," online pending)
  Disk
Hamilton, Colleen, August 3, 2004    (3 PDF files, 6 audio files ) 26
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt ("Hamilton, Colleen," online pending)
  Disk
Hartman, John, January 9, 2004    (3 PDF files, 7 audio files ) 27
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt ("Hartman, John," online pending)
  Disk
Hill, Gloria, June 7, 2005    (3 PDF files, 7 audio files ) 28
("Hill, Gloria," online pending) Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt
  Disk
Hines, Joseph and Nellie, October 29, 2003    (5 PDF files, 10 audio files ) 29
Transcript: Courtship ("Hines, Joseph and Nellie," online pending) Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt
  Disk
Jackson, Edwin, April 7, 2005    (3 PDF files, 8 audio files ) 30
("Jackson, Edwin," online pending) ("Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt" online pending)
  Disk
Johnson, Alex, July 4, 2005    (2 PDF files, 9 audio files ) 31
("Johnson, Alex," online pending)
  Disk
Leisie, Frank, July 8, 2004    (3 PDF files, 8 audio files ) 32
("Leisie, Frank," online pending) Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt
  Disk
Leisie, Matthew Frank, July 27, 2004    (3 PDF files, 9 audio files ) 33
("Leisie, Matthew Frank," online pending) Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt
  Disk
Modrak, Rita and Herbert, July 20, 2004    (2 PDF files (no consent forms), 11 audio files) 34
  Disk
Montague, Joelle, March 3, 2007    (2 PDF files, 1 audio file ) 35
("Montague, Joelle," online pending)
  Disk
Morris, Lynette, March 23, 2005    (3 PDF files, 6 audio files ) 36
  Disk
Nevel, Sandra and William, June 7, 2005    (3 PDF files, 4 audio files) 37
("Nevel, Sandra and William," online pending)
  Disk
Nicholls, John, September 26, 2003    (3 PDF files, 6 audio files ) 38
Transcript: Fire in the mill ("Nicholls, John," online pending)
  Disk
Pitard, Elizabeth and Derrick, September 12, 2003    (5 PDF files, 2 audio files ) 39
Transcription: Imitations Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt ("Pitard, Elizabeth and Derrick," online pending)
  Disk
Placone, Dorothy and Ronald, Sr., September 6, 2003    (4 PDF files, 6 audio files ) 40
Transcript: Excerpts ("Placone, Dorothy and Ronald, Sr.," online pending)
  Disk
Placone, Ronald, Jr., May 25, 2004    (3 PDF files, 8 audio files ) 41
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpts ("Placone, Ronald, Jr.," online pending)
  Disk
Pressman, Janice, October 31, 2003    (4 PDF files, 7 audio files ) 42
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt Transcript: House History ("Pressman, Janice," online pending)
  Disk
Roche, Karen, June 15, 2004    (3 PDF files, 7 audio files ) 43
("Roche, Karen," online pending) Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt
  Disk
Schwartz, Walter, December 5, 2003    (3 PDF files, 8 audio files ) 44
("Schwartz, Walter," online pending) Transcript: Christ Killer
  Disk
Trenz, John, November 14, 2003    (4 PDF files, 7 audio files ) 45
Transcript: Making Place ("Trenz, John," online pending) Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt
  Disk
Wudarczyk, Jude, November 29, 2003    (4 PDF files, 8 audio files ) 46
("Wudarczyk, Jude," online pending) Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt Transcript: Being Pittsburgher
  Disk
Young, Demetrius, April 14, 2006    (2 PDF files, 10 audio files ) 47
("Young, Demetrius," online pending)
  Disk
Young, Mary, June 28, 2005    2.0 items  (2 PDF files, 13 audio files ) 48-49
("Young, Mary," online pending)
  Disk
Young-Coleman, Stacey, July 15, 2005    (2 PDF files, 12 audio files ) 50
("Young-Coleman, Stacey," online pending)
  Disk
Zielmanksi, Barbara, September 16, 2003    (5 PDF files, 5 audio files) 51
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt Transcript: Excerpts 2 Transcript: Excerpts 1 ("Zielmanksi, Barbara," online pending)

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Series  II. Documents, 2003-2005    1.0 box

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains documents that have been printed from PDF files on the original CDs. The information is arranged in folders, alphabetically, by interviewee last name. The amount of content varies from each interviewe, however, all files contain a short message about the Speech and Society Project as well as personal information about the interviewee. All but one file contain consent forms signed by the interviewees, and many contain transcripts of the interview.

  Box
Document files, 2003-2005 2

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