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Villarreal, Daniel (2023) Archive of Pittsburgh Language and Speech. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2023.

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As research methods develop amid the current data science epoch, new and under-resourced researchers find it increasingly difficult to keep up. Open Science research tools like the R programming language are touted as democratizing research; however, these tools can themselves impose a barrier to entry, widening the gap between well-resourced and under-resourced researchers (Villarreal & Collister forthcoming). At Pitt, we're sitting on a trove of Pittsburgh speech data that has yielded research influential in sociolinguistics (Johnstone, Andrus & Danielson 2006; Johnstone & Kiesling 2008). The proposed project transforms this data into the Archive of Pittsburgh Language and Speech (APLS). While Open Data is an emerging trend in sociolinguistics (Kendall & Farrington 2020; Stanford forthcoming), APLS will be the most powerful such resource yet. APLS will be powered by the linguistic data software LaBB-CAT (Fromont & Hay 2012), which performs automatic tagging of speech data through machine-learning methods, allows researchers to rapidly search for patterns of interest, and can directly interface with programming languages like R and Python. Future directions include training materials and outreach so APLS is accessible to wide audiences of researchers. Efforts like these are essential if Open Science is to be actually open to all.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Villarreal, DanielDAV49@pitt.eduDAV49
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
Date: 2023
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2023
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/nydm-dv85
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Linguistics
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Priming Grants - Creative Arts, Performing Arts & Humanities
Other ID: 6133
Additional Information: Poster to be added by March 1, 2023.
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2023 21:48
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2023 17:37


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