Sociolinguistics Laboratory Resources
The sociolinguistics lab supports the research of students and faculty in the Department of Linguistics and affiliated units and individuals at the University of Washington by providing both portable and stationary equipment for a range of types of sociolinguistic research. Lab members may access the list of laboratory-owned equipment on our new equipment checkout page (coming soon).
The equipment owned by the laboratory supports the following research areas in sociolinguistics:
- Variationist sociolinguistics
- Social network analysis
- Conversation analysis
- Conversational code-switching
- Language attitudes
Tools listed as "[UW Net ID required]" can only be accessed by UW students and faculty. All other resources are public and available to the sociolinguistics community at large.
Please note that we do not assume responsibility for the use of the tools posted here. By downloading and using a tool, you agree to do so at your own risk, and acquire the appropriate IRB (human subjects protcols) for use of the tools in the field. For information on eligibility to restricted sites, please email the laboratory website administrator
UW Phonetics & Sociolinguistics Lab Wiki [UW Net ID required]
A repository for information relating to both labs.
UW Sociolinguistics Library Database [Sociolab members]
A database of the books, journals, and other holdings of the Sociolinguistics Lab. Click "sociolab library database" and authenticate with the usual sociolab login credentials.
PNWEP Conversational Analysis Coding Guidelines (.pdf)
Guidelines for the analysis and coding of conversational data from the PNWEP.
The Pacific Northwest English Project Analysis Handbook
Analysis guide created for the PNWEP, covering equipment use, analysis methods, and other topics.
The Pacific Northwest English Project's modified CMUdict
A modified version of CMUdict used for forced-alignment of recordings created for the PNWEP, including some words missing from the official release, as well as other miscellaneous words, such as Northwest placenames.
A short tutorial on installing and using the Penn Phonetics Lab Forced Aligner (P2FA) written by John Riebold.
Various Praat and R scripts written by members of the UW Sociolinguistics and Phonetics labs. See the UW Phonetics Lab's resources page for more.
Transcription conventions (.pdf)
Discourse-level transcription conventions for conversational data.
Vowel Formant Trajectory Plotting (SS-ANOVA)
Materials from NWAV 2013, Best Practices in Sociolinguistics Workshop (Wassink/Koops)
UW Sociolinguistics Lab Elicitation Materials Clearinghouse
Elicitation materials created and used for research studies by UW Sociolinguistics Laboratory members.
LCV elicitation tasks handout (.doc)
Document containing sample elements of a traditional variationist sociolinguistic interview in the style of the Project in Language Change and Variation (LCV) studies pioneered by William Labov.
Corpora held by UW Linguistics [UW Net ID required for access to corpora themselves]
Navigate to the user interface for online corpora (shared Linguistic Data Consortium subscription), hosted by the UW Computational Linguistics Laboratory
Metadata & Data Storage
Metadata tags used within the University of Washington Sociolinguistics laboratory community for file storage and metadata encoding. Intended to promote improved file retrieval, sharing, repurposing, and search of sociolinguistic data.