The IAMMASON team welcomes students, staff, faculty and alumni to share their unique linguistic background and their views on diversity. Our researchers, LaBrea, Stephanie, and Aseel, are graduate students in the Linguistics Program. The team arranges appointments, carries out recording sessions and manages the IAMMASON project website(iammason.gmu.edu). Participants are asked to be video recorded saying: I am George Mason University and then provide an audio recording for the Speech Accent Archive (accent.gmu.edu).
LaBrea Bass is a Mason alumnus who majored in global affairs and foreign languages. she hopes to go into marketing and this project is a perfect path into that field. Her interest in marketing has been instrumental in spreading the word about the project. Look for the flyers she made around campus! In addition to designing and distributing flyers, she handles the all video editing.
Stephanie Urlass graduated from Virginia Common Wealth University majoring in English and religious studies. The diversity she experienced at VCU sparked her interest in accented speech. Stephanie's communication skills help her in arranging appointments for participants and in answering their emails and inquiries.
Aseel Alammar is a PhD student in Linguistics. She brings to the project first hand experience as an international student herself. She manages the audio recording for the Speech Accent Archive. In addition, she edits the still pictures for the website.
For more information about the project, go to http://iammason.gmu.edu .
May 22, 2014