Thursday, June 9, 2016

TELL researcher interviewed about "Trumpism"

Sal Callesano, who works with TELL and co-authored our study of the New York accent in Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders's speech (here), was asked for a comment on "Trumpism" by The Guardian, daily newspaper from the U.K.  Read the whole piece here.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Volunteer: Speech perception study

The Texas English Language Lab is looking for volunteers. The study takes only approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, and will take place in Parlin Hall on the UT campus.

If you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions, please contact us at Please include "Speech perception study" in the subject line.

Volunteer Opportunity - Texas English Language Study

Interested in participating in one of our ongoing research studies? We're examining how English has changed over the past few decades in Texas. We're looking for volunteers to read a series of sentences aloud. It shouldn't take more than 20 minutes and you will be recorded on campus. If you are interested in participating, send an email over to for signup times.

You can find the UT Events listing here.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Workshop "Language, Culture & Diversity in Texas"

Thursday, April 21st

1:30-2:00 p.m.
Informal welcome with coffee
2:00-2:30 p.m.
2:30-3:20 p.m.
Guy Bailey (UT Rio Grande Valley)
3:20-3:35 p.m.
Coffee break
3:35-4:25 p.m.
Don Graham (UT Austin)
4:25-5:15 p.m.
Patricia Cukor-Avila (University of North Texas)
7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 22nd

9:00-9:50 a.m.
Belem Lopez (UT Austin)
9:50-10:40 a.m.
Barbara Johnstone (Carnegie Mellon University)
10:40-10:55 a.m.
Coffee break
10:55-11:45 a.m.
Oscar Casares (UT Austin)
11:45-12:25 p.m.
Lars Hinrichs (UT Austin)
12:25-2:00 p.m.
2:00-2:30 p.m.
Erica Brozovsky & Kirsten Meemann (UT Austin)
2:30-3:10 p.m.
Belinda Schouten (Our Lady of the Lake University)
3:10-3:25 p.m.
Coffee break
3:25-4:05 p.m.
Erik Thomas (North Carolina State University)
4:05-4:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m.

Here is a map of workshop-relevant locations:

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Trump and Sanders: Two ways of sounding like a New Yorker

Usually, TELL studies English from Texas. But on occasion, we look beyond the state line and study speech in other locations -- as in our recent study of the New York City accent. In the speech of two of the 2016 candidates for president of the United States.

The full blog on this research is available here.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Speech in the 2014 Texas gubernatorial race

Here is an interview (from KUT Austin) about the TELL study of Texas accent features in the speech of gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis. It discusses findings from this blog post.