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
Kiesling, Scott F.
Creator
Johnstone, Barbara
Collection Number
AIS.2009.02
Date [inclusive]
2003-2005
Extent
1 Linear Feet (51 compact discs, 48 folders)
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.

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

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist
URL: http://library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections

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)

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

Subject(s)

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

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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 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.

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Baltimore, Terri, March 3, 2005   (3 PDF files, 7 audio files )11
Baltimore, Terri: March 3, 2005 (Online)
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
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Barton, Thomas and Rosemary, July 3, 2004   (3 PDF files, 11 audio files)12
Barton, Thomas and Rosemary: July 3, 2004 (Online)
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Becer, Allan, October 27, 2003   (4 PDF files, 7 audio files)13
Transcript: Dahntahn 1 (Online)
Transcript: Dahntahn 2 (Online)
Transcript: Consumption, Community Groups (Online)
Becer, Allan: October 27, 2003 (Online)
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Broge, Maureen, November 5, 2003   (4 PDF files, 7 audio files)14
Transcript: Geezerhood (Online)
Transcript: Pittsburghese (Online)
Broge, Maureen: November 5, 2003 (Online)
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Cherry, Dicken, June 28, 2004   (3 PDF files, 7 audio files )15
Cherry, Dicken: June 28, 2004 (Online)
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
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Collins, Cynthia, December 15, 2003   (3 PDF files, 6 audio files )16
Collins, Cynthia: December 15, 2003 (Online)
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
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Conley, Eric, July 28, 2005   2 items ( 2 PDF files, 4 audio files) 17-8
Conley, Eric: July 28, 2005 (Online)
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Coy, Irma, March 14, 2005   (3 PDF files, 6 audio files)19
Coy, Irma: March 14, 2005 (Online)
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
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Delaney, Kelly, February 7, 2004   (3 PDF files, 8 audio files)110
Delaney, Kelly: February 7, 2004 (Online)
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
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Dickey, Stephanie, October 15, 2004   (3 PDF FILES, 12 audio files)111
Transcript: Entire interview (Online)
Dickey, Stephanie: October 15, 2004 (Online)
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Estep, Mary and Lois Sharpe, July 7, 2004   (4 PDF files, 11 audio files)112
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Estep, Mary and Lois Sharpe: July 7, 2004 (Online)
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Evans, Betty, September 22, 2003   (3 PDF files, 4 audio files )113
Transcript: Excerpts (Online)
Evans, Betty: September 22, 2003 (Online)
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Evans, Marcy, July 14, 2004   (3 PDF files, 8 audio files )114
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Evans, Marcy: July 14, 2004 (Online)
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Evans-Potter, Gail, September 30, 2003   (4 PDF files, 5 audio files )115
Evans-Potter, Gail: September 30, 2003 (Online)
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Transcript: Interuption (Online)
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Fletcher, Linda, February 2, 2004   (3 PDF files, 6 audio files )116
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Fletcher, Linda: February 2, 2004 (Online)
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Folan, Maggie, December 1, 2003   (3 PDF files, 7 audio files )117
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Folan, Maggie: December 1, 2003 (Online)
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Folan, Sally, November 14, 2003   (3 PDF files, 7 audio files )118
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Folan, Sally: November 14, 2003 (Online)
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Franciscus, Wilfred, September 20, 2003   (5 PDF files, 4 audio files )119
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Franciscus, Wilfred: September 20, 2003 (Online)
Transcript: Excerpt 1 (Online)
Transcript: Excerpt 2 (Online)
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Fuchs, Derek, January 10, 2004   (4 PDF files, 8 audio files )120
Transcript: Mayor (Online)
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Fuchs, Derek: January 10, 2004 (Online)
Transcript: Reading 2 (Online)
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Gallagher, Lisa, September 29, 2003   (3 PDF files, 4 audio files )121
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Gallagher, Lisa: September 29, 2003 (Online)
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Gast, Mary and Robert, September 19, 2003   (3 PDF files, 4 audio files)122
Gast, Mary and Robert: September 19, 2003 (Online)
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Glasser, Jamie, May 18, 2004   (3 PDF files, 8 audio files )123
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Glasser, Jamie: May 18, 2004 (Online)
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Gormley, Ken, October 21, 2003   (3 PDF files, 4 audio files )124
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Gormley, Ken: October 21, 2003 (Online)
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Green, Kevin, February 2, 2005   (3 PDF files, 10 audio files )125
Green, Kevin: February 2, 2005 (Online)
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
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Hamilton, Colleen, August 3, 2004   (3 PDF files, 6 audio files )126
Hamilton, Colleen: August 3, 2004 (Online)
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
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Hartman, John, January 9, 2004   (3 PDF files, 7 audio files )127
Hartman, John: January 9, 2004 (Online)
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
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Hill, Gloria, June 7, 2005   (3 PDF files, 7 audio files )128
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Hill, Gloria: June 7, 2005 (Online)
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Hines, Joseph and Nellie, October 29, 2003   (5 PDF files, 10 audio files )129
Transcript: Courtship (Online)
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Hines, Joseph and Nellie: October 29, 2003 (Online)
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Jackson, Edwin, April 7, 2005   (3 PDF files, 8 audio files )130
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Jackson, Edwin: April 7, 2005 (Online)
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Johnson, Alex, July 4, 2005   (2 PDF files, 9 audio files )131
Johnson, Alex: July 4, 2005 (Online)
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Leisie, Frank, July 8, 2004   (3 PDF files, 8 audio files )132
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Leisie, Frank: July 8, 2004 (Online)
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Leisie, Matthew Frank, July 27, 2004   (3 PDF files, 9 audio files )133
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Leisie, Matthew Frank: July 27, 2004 (Online)
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Modrak, Rita and Herbert, July 20, 2004   (2 PDF files (no consent forms), 11 audio files)134
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Montague, Joelle, March 3, 2007   (2 PDF files, 1 audio file )135
Montague, Joelle: March 3, 2007 (Online)
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Morris, Lynette, March 23, 2005   (3 PDF files, 6 audio files )136
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Nevel, Sandra and William, June 7, 2005   (3 PDF files, 4 audio files)137
Nevel, Sandra and William: June 7, 2005 (Online)
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Nicholls, John, September 26, 2003   (3 PDF files, 6 audio files )138
Transcript: Fire in the mill (Online)
Nicholls, John: September 26, 2003 (Online)
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Pitard, Elizabeth and Derrick, September 12, 2003   (5 PDF files, 2 audio files )139
Transcription: Imitations (Online)
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Pitard, Elizabeth and Derrick: September 12, 2003 (Online)
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Placone, Dorothy and Ronald, Sr., September 6, 2003   (4 PDF files, 6 audio files )140
Transcript: Excerpts (Online)
Placone, Dorothy and Ronald, Sr.: September 6, 2003 (Online)
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Placone, Ronald, Jr., May 25, 2004   (3 PDF files, 8 audio files )141
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpts (Online)
Placone, Ronald, Jr.: May 25, 2004 (Online)
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Pressman, Janice, October 31, 2003   (4 PDF files, 7 audio files )142
Transcript: House History (Online)
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Pressman, Janice: October 31, 2003 (Online)
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Roche, Karen, June 15, 2004   (3 PDF files, 7 audio files )143
Roche, Karen: June 15, 2004 (Online)
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
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Schwartz, Walter, December 5, 2003   (3 PDF files, 8 audio files )144
Schwartz, Walter: December 5, 2003 (Online)
Transcript: Christ Killer (Online)
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Trenz, John, November 14, 2003   (4 PDF files, 7 audio files )145
Transcript: Making Place (Online)
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Trenz, John: November 14, 2003 (Online)
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Wudarczyk, Jude, November 29, 2003   (4 PDF files, 8 audio files )146
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Wudarczyk, Jude: November 29, 2003 (Online)
Transcript: Being Pittsburgher (Online)
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Young, Demetrius, April 14, 2006   (2 PDF files, 10 audio files )147
Young, Demetrius: April 14, 2006 (Online)
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Young, Mary, June 28, 2005   2 items (2 PDF files, 13 audio files ) 148-49
Young, Mary: June 28, 2005 (Online)
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Young-Coleman, Stacey, July 15, 2005   (2 PDF files, 12 audio files )150
Young-Coleman, Stacey: July 15, 2005 (Online)
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Zielmanksi, Barbara, September 16, 2003   (5 PDF files, 5 audio files)151
Transcript: Excerpts 1 (Online)
Transcript: Excerpts 2 (Online)
Transcript: Pittsburghese excerpt (Online)
Zielmanksi, Barbara: September 16, 2003 (Online)

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Series II. Documents, 2003-2005   1 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.

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Document files, 2003-2005 2

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