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Introduction to the English Language -- Oral Histories, Photodocumentaries and Records

Identifier: MS0229

Scope and Contents

The English Language Oral Histories contains literary projects developed in 1995 and 1996. These projects may include a transcription of an oral interview, a linguistics analysis of the interview subject and a historical analysis. Some were produced in photodocumentary form and include pictures. These projects were part of English courses taught by Dr. Boyd Davis at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

In 1979 Ed Perzel conducted a large number of interviews of people of the Charlotte, North Carolina area. These interviews were recorded on tape in 1995 and 1996. Dr. Boyd Davis, of the UNC Charlotte English Department, assigned her students to use these tapes to make a typed transcription, a phonetic transcription, a linguistic analysis of the accents of the interview subjects, and also an historical analysis of the subject content of the interview. In large part, the purpose of this assignment (and the usefulness of the collection today) concerns regional linguistics of the inhabitants of the central and southern Carolina Piedmont in the twentieth century. There are forty seven project analyses in this part of the collection.


  • 1995 - 1996


Conditions Governing Access

Original audiovisual materials are closed to patron use. Please contact Special Collections to request the creation of use copies for particular items; requests will be accommodated when possible. The remaining materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.


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The collection is arranged alphabetically by the name of the student.

Processing Information

Processed by Robert A. McInnes, 2012.
Introduction to the English Language: oral histories, photodocumentaries and records
Robert A. McInnes
June 2012
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Repository Details

Part of the Oral Histories, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 USA