Voices of California
Robert Munro August 23rd, 2010
Voices of California is a Stanford project documenting language and life across California
You can find more up-to-date information about this project here.
California is a diverse state, with vastly different ecosystems and cultural regions. Most communities in California are diverse as well, and we want to make a record of the different ways of being a Californian. We’re interested in how Californians see their communities, their regions, and the rest of the state. And we’re interested in how these perceptions show up in ways of speaking across the state.
We will be visiting a number of distinctive towns across the state, capturing Californians’ experience in their own words. We will do recorded interviews with people who have spent their entire lives in their town, so we can get a clear picture not only of how things are now, but of how things have changed as well. Our first stop will be Merced, in early September. We will interview 250 people from all groups and walks of life. Each interview will be casual and free-flowing, and will last between an hour and an hour and a half.