Summer Dialect Research Project (SDRP)

The Summer Dialect Research Project (SDRP) is one of the programs of the CSAAL. The goal of the SDRP is to provide research experiences in linguistics for undergraduates with interest in language-related disciplines and to increase the number of students, particularly those from underrepresented minority groups, who conduct graduate research in these areas.

The focus is on the description of patterns in African American English (AAE). In addition to taking courses on the linguistic description of AAE, participants will gain research experience by exploring current issues in the study of AAE. The focus will be on methods for describing patterns in the use of AAE and analyzing data. Research will be conducted in laboratory settings on databases of adult and child AAE language samples. The descriptions of the data will characterize the differences between AAE and mainstream English. The linguistic description based on this research will be shown to have practical application in fields such as education and communication sciences.

The next SDRP session will be in June 2016.

SDRP 2009 Participants

Kathy Adamczyk, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Sarah Vega-Liros, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Susan Bronstein, San Francisco State University
Rose Wilkerson, University of California Berkeley
France Burns, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Erik Thomas, North Carolina State University
A. Yemisi Jimoh, University of Massachusetts Amherst
K. C. Nat Turner, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Laura Holland, University of Oregon
Tracy Conner, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Tom Maxfield, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Summer Ellis, Emmanuel College
Brandi Newkirk, Jackson State University
Katie Gartner, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Barbara Pearson, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Holly Graham, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Tom Roeper, University of Massachusetts Amherst
J. Anthony Guillory, Springfield Technical Community College
Jeremy Smith, University of Massachusetts Amherst (Du Bois Library)
Tamika LeRay, Emerson College
Peggy Speas, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Adrienne R. Washington, Delaware County Community College
Bonnie Williams, California State University Fullerton