Theatre Professor and Students Contribute to IDEA
May 29, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Sandra Lindberg, associate professor of theatre arts at Illinois
Wesleyan University, has been named an associate editor for the International Dialects
of English Archive (IDEA), a Web site that hosts dialect recordings and transcriptions
from native speakers worldwide.
IDEA was created in 1997 as a free, online library of primary source recordings for
the performing arts. Lindberg's appointment follows the work she and the students
of her spring 2008 "Voice/Speech IV" class completed for the site, creating orthographic
transcriptions of numerous American southern dialect samples.
Lindberg has completed 15 transcriptions and will transcribe 10 more dialect samples
over the summer. Additionally, in the fall, Lindberg will begin recording dialect
samples on the IWU campus. IDEA's creator, Paul Meier, professor of theatre at the
University of Kansas, remarks that each transcription is equivalent to publication
in a peer reviewed, professional journal.
IDEA's transcribers are individually credited for each of their works on the IDEA
site. Illinois Wesleyan student transcribers are Kyle Blair ('09), Natalie Boccumini
('08), Tom Duncan ('09), Steve Gonabe ('08), Hannah Kramer ('09), Marti Lyons ('08),
Russell Matthews ('09), Chris Olmstead ('09), Seth Reid ('09), Elsa Richardson ('09),
Kevin Schuering ('09), Rebecca Segal ('08), Carly Stocking ('08), Jessica Tidd ('09)
and Katie Whalley ('09).
For additional information about IDEA, contact Lindberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the IDEA Web site at http://web.ku.edu/idea/index.htm.
Contact: Jessica Block '09, (309) 556-3181