Walt Wolfram is an author of “Talkin’ Tar Heel” and an English linguistics professor at N.C. State. Courtesy of Walt Wolfram.
N.C. State University English linguistics professors Walt Wolfram and Jeffrey Reaser are trying to represent all of North Carolina’s dialect diversity in their new book, “Talkin’ Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina,” released Monday.
Tonight at Flyleaf Books, Wolfram and Reaser will discuss and read their book — formed from 20 years of research around North Carolina — as well as introduce readers to the multimedia components of the project.
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Time: 7 p.m., tonight
Location: Flyleaf Books
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“We do our research by interviewing residents,” Wolfram said. “We record them in a sociolinguistic interview. We have oral history conversations and record their speech. On that basis, we extract data — that then becomes our database, all of which is now on our website.”
Despite the fact that “Talkin’ Tar Heel” is a print book, Reaser said his and Wolfram’s project could potentially change the world of linguistic books. Different sections of the book contain QR codes, enabling readers to scan using their smartphones and access audio or audiovisual elements that further clarify linguistic elements.