Building a Historical, Digital Archive of Texas English Speech

This project is closed.

Over the past few years, the Texas English Linguistics Lab (TELL) has digitized over 500 recordings of Texas English speech. They cover much of the 20th century; some of the recordings go back as far as 1920. The archive is being prepared for use by other researchers, and presented in an online form. Students working on this project will gain hands-on experience working with digital sound files in the context of a professional archive.

TELL is part of the English Department and directed by Prof. Lars Hinrichs.


An interest in speech and/or linguistics is prerequisite. Some experience working with sound files would be helpful.

Project Timeline

We are planning to get the current website ready for the public by May 2020.


- create sample sound files from longer recordings
- test various methods of presenting streaming players within a website
- upload and present sound files for visitors of the TELL Archive website

Typical Time Commitment
Desired Length of Commitment
1 or 2 semesters


The Office of Undergraduate Research recommends that you attend an info session or advising before contacting faculty members or project contacts about research opportunities. We'll cover the steps to get involved, tips for contacting faculty, funding possibilities, and options for course credit. Once you have attended an Office of Undergraduate Research info session or spoken to an advisor, you can use the "Who to contact" details for this project to get in touch with the project leader and express your interest in getting involved.