Acknowledgements

Acknowledgments:

A project like this is not possible without the advice, support, assistance, and goodwill and collegiality of many other people. The list of people who help us has been growing, and we would like to use this space here to acknowledge them.

  • Alexia Ault, for all of her meticulous assistance with the materials at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College;
  • Claire Bowern, for her time giving great advice about digitizing;
  • Dianne Bradley, for sharing the Psycholinguistics Lab at the CUNY Grad Center;
  • Greta Browning, for her collaboration and help with the materials at Appalachian State University;
  • Gabriel Cynowicz, for help with this website;
  • Kathleen Currie Hall, for comments and great advice about quality of speech signal;
  • Marcel den Dikken, for listening, and for providing funds from our previous collaborative NSF grant;
  • Aaron Ecay, for his continued help with conceptualizing design
  • Janet Fodor, for sharing the Psycholinguistics Lab at the CUNY Grad Center;
  • Robert Gipe, for his collaboration and help with the materials at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College;
  • Fred Hay, for his collaboration and help with the materials at Appalachian State University;
  • Anton Karl Ingason, for creating the script which temporarily removes disfluencies (re-inserting them after parsing), for the purposes of parsing
  • Dan Kaufman, for teaching us about ELAN;
  • Tyler Kendall, for writing and tailoring scripts that have completely changed our lives, and the speed with which we create the files for feeding into the part-of-speech tagger;
  • Mike Kress, for the support for this webspace;
  • Tony Kroch, for all kinds of help, and for ideas that are just too numerous to compile; simply put, this project would not exist, were it not for his input;
  • Larry Lafollette, for his collaboration and help with the materials at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College;
  • Tom Lauria, for help with this website;
  • Mark Lewental, for helping brainstorm about webspace;
  • Michael Montgomery, for his collaboration with the project team, on the first 400,000 words of text; by transitivity, we also thank Betsy Layman for her transcription work;
  • Paul Muzio, for helping brainstorm about webspace;
  • Ricardo Otheguy, for helping find seed money;
  • Paul Reed, for advice on Praat, and also, for helping with the audio aligning;
  • John Shean, for all kinds of help with material collection on field trips;
  • Edward Snajdr, the PI for Blanchette’s NSF-REG award;
  • Laura Smith, for her collaboration and help with the materials at the Archives of Appalachia at ETSU;
  • Doug Whalen, for great advice about digitizing;
  • Tiffany Williams, for years of all kinds of collaboration and assistance, both with the materials and with the interpretation of the data;
  • Walt Wolfram, for advice and encouragement, and very importantly, for introducing us to Tyler Kendall (above);
  • Jiahong Yuan, for all kinds of assistance with the online PPL forced aligner (including: additions to the dictionary, and modifying the output, so that it is adapted to our tagging needs);
  • Raffaella Zanuttini, for the various opportunities to present developments to her Grammatical Diversity Group at Yale