Professor Clair Bowern of the Yale University Linguistics Department is leading a
ground-breaking North American Dialects Project to create a snapshot of the demographic and geographic diversity of North American speech by collecting 5,000 samples. Volunteer participants can contribute their voices by logging into the project website.
Bowern has recorded the initial 1,500 voice recording samples using Evoca’s voice-to-web recording service. She has embedded the Evoca browser mic on the project’s dedicated website. Anyone with a computer mic can simply click on the record button and speak into the microphone. Most laptops are equipped with built-in mics or a mic can be plugged into the computer. Skype users will use their headsets.
Voices are instantly recorded and saved online as MP3 files to the project’s account in the Evoca system and then analyzed by Bowern and other linguistics experts. Bowern reports that Yale students have been actively involved in the project as capable researchers and enthusiastic voice sample contributors.
Murem Sharpe, Evoca CEO, interviewed Professor Bowern about the project and her professional background in linguistics.
Bowern describes the value of using Evoca with the words ” … we can’t interview people in person. Otherwise that would take years and years, and maybe the dialects would change before we were able to get a lot of data together,” and added “… we were looking to use a web-based solution to make recordings.”