The Young Appalachians' Living Language (YALL) Corpus
This project will build a monitor corpus of Appalachian language data featuring audio-aligned transcripts of original audio/video interviews with young people from across Appalachia. The project is designed not only to provide a large collection of much needed sociolinguistic data from the Appalachian dialect region for linguistic research purposes, but also to provide a representation of Appalachian speech to the interested public through a website designed for community outreach and education. The project also seeks to establish a set of standards and best practices for the development of a richly-annotated monitor corpus for sociolinguistic analysis of spoken language; and the tools developed for both the construction and presentation of this corpus will be designed for wide application in other projects dealing with variation in spoken language.
Proto-Indo-European (PIE) Online
This project will create a fully interactive on-line primer of Proto-Indo-European, the ancestral language of English, Spanish, Russian, and Hindi. Users of the website will follow two twins (a boy and a girl), as they struggle to survive in the early Bronze Age. Each lesson will begin with a brief story in PIE, which will be animated and voiced by professional actors, whereby the user will acquire vocabulary and grammar in a meaningful context. The aim for this project is to create a fully immersive way for the public to learn about historical linguistics, ancient languages, and ancient cultures.