Summary Information
Title: Pittsburgh Speech and Society Project Collection
Collection Number: AIS.2009.02
Creator: Johnstone, Barbara
Creator: Kiesling, Scott F.

Collection Dates: 2003-2005
Extent: 1.0 linear feet (51 compact discs, 48 folders)

Language: English

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.
Publisher:

ULS Archives Service Center
University of Pittsburgh Library System
7500 Thomas Boulevard
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-648-3232
archives-ref@mail.pitt.edu
Date Published:

August 2009
Author:

Finding aid prepared by Renee Ziemann.
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.


Collection 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.


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


Subject Terms

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

Corporate Names
  • Carnegie-Mellon University.

Locations
  • 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.)

Genres/Forms
  • Interviews

Category
  • Education

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Barbara Johnstone in February 2009.

Alternate Format:

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

Physical Characteristics & Technical Requirements:

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

Preferred Citation:

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

Copyright:

All rights reserved. University of Pittsburgh.

Related Material:

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


Collection Inventory

Series I. CDs, 2003-2005

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.


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

Series II. Documents, 2003-2005

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 2 Document files, 2003-2005