Fonds UBCA-ARC-1536 - Survey of Vancouver English fonds

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Survey of Vancouver English fonds

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2.46 m of textual records.
496 reel to reel tapes.

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The Survey of Vancouver English (SVEN) was a multi-year project conducted by Department of Linguistics Professor Robert J. Gregg. A pilot survey from 1976 to 1978 preceded and was included in SVEN. SVEN ran from 1978 to 1984, and a final report was dispatched to Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. SVEN was an urban dialect survey of Vancouver-born residents seeking data concerning systematic sociolinguistic variables, such as phonology, vocabulary, and grammar. Both the Pilot Survey and SVEN began with questionnaires. The SVEN questionnaire, a modified form of the Pilot Questionnaire, was intricately structured and had over 1000 questions. Three hundred individuals were included in the final study, 60 of which were part of the initial Pilot Survey. The interview process took two years and resulted in 496 audiotapes that were subsequently transcribed. The transcription took over two years and resulted in 300 booklets, one for each interviewee. Data resulting from the surveys and data from similar studies informed the researchers

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The records, including the computer databank, were gifted to the University Archives by Dr. Robert J. Gregg in 1988, 1990, and 1992, and by Gaelan de Wolf in 1996.

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Fonds consists of materials used by interviewers, completed questionnaires, audio recordings and transcripts of interviews conducted, computer data, and published papers and speeches about the study by Gregg, de Wolf, and others.

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UBC’s Data Library retains related computer data. Koerner Library retains the codebooks.

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