Restricted Research - Award List, Note/Discussion Page

Fiscal Year: 2021

363  The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley  (84659)

Principal Investigator: Christoffersen, Katherine

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 59,975

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): No

Start and End Dates: 6/1/20 - 8/31/21

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: N/A

Department, Center, School, or Institute: Writing & Language Studies

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: Bilingual Voices in the U.S./Mexico Borderlands

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: National Endowment of the Arts

Program Title: Humanities Collections and Reference Resources
CFDA Linked: Promotion of the Humanities_Division of Preservation and Access


This project aims to develop an innovative, streamlined, and sustainable approach for the transcription and digitization of open-access sociolinguistic corpora. Over 157 interviews with Spanish/English bilinguals have been conducted along the U.S./Mexico border in South Texas and Southern Arizona. Along with the audio-recordings of these interviews (totaling over 9,420 minutes), the dataset includes detailed demographic and linguistic information about the participants, interviewees, and interview context (totaling over 770 pages) and transcriptions of the audio-recorded interviews. The transcriptions, however, are at varying stages of completion due to the time-consuming nature of manual word-for-word transcription. Currently, 27% of these interviews have yet to be transcribed, another 24% require further revision, and the 49% that have been transcribed are not linked to the audio files. Transcriptions are essential to improving access to this unique collection while enhancing and extending its usability and searchability. To this end, the project will a) explore, evaluate, and apply digital tools to facilitate and speed the transcription process, b) create and pilot transcription training materials in student research internship courses on each campus, and c) assess outcomes from the course, including error rates, completion times, and student feedback. The project will also establish a plan for long-term preservation and distribution in appropriate digital repositories as well as a partnership between the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) and the University of Arizona (UA).

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