Fonds - Lawrence R. Smith fonds

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Lawrence R. Smith fonds

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110 cm of textual records
304 audio recordings

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Lawrence R. Smith (Larry Smith) was a professor in the Department of Linguistics at Memorial for sixteen years. He was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Linguistics on 1 Sept. 1968, promoted to Assistant Professor 1 Sept. 1972, promoted to Associate Professor 1 Sept. 1977 and resigned on 30 Apr. 1984. During his tenure, he conducted various linguistic research projects around the island of Newfoundland and in Labrador.

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Fonds consists of two series pertaining to two linguistic research projects undertaken by Smith during his tenure at Memorial University. The first series, Labrador Inuktitut dictionary project, comprises 162 original audio recordings made by Sam Metcalfe, Larry Smith, Fred Lyle, in various formats along with many copies and second copies; 114 cm of textual material consisting of notes, translations and transcripts of these recordings and related textual material pertaining to the Computerized Database of Labrador Inuktitut (CDLI); 22 issues of an Inuit publication entitled Kinatuinamot Illengajuk. The CDLI (1972-1981) consists of texts of Labrador Inuktitut from newspaper articles, life stories, tape transcripts, personal experience narratives and fictional narratives of speakers of all ages from Nain, Makkovik and Hopedale. The texts have been phonemicized and gramatically analyzed.

Series two, Sociolinguistic Survey of the Southern Avalon (SSSA), comprises 142 audio cassettes and textual materials, including brief biographies of informants. The SSSA was conducted by paid student interviewers in the communities of Branch, St. Bride's, Patrick's Cove, Cuslett, St. Vincent's, St. Shott's, Tors Cove, Colinet, Bay Bulls and Witless Bay in 1980-1982 and consisted of answers to a prepared questionnaire and casual conversation examples.

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  • Inuktitut

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The information on 36 boxes of CDLI computer cards was converted to 14 5.25 inch floppy discs in the 1980s because of obsolescence of computer equipment.

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Certain restrictions apply because of agreements between informants and collectors. Access with permission of archivist.

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Tape inventories and indexes to texts are available.; Local call numbers= SC1.12, SC 1.13, 83-281, 83-358.

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Created - April 26, 2013

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