The SPARCL (Sociophonetic Area for Recording Conversational Language) is a resource for conducting research in the areas of sociolinguistics, sociophonetics, discourse analysis, and gesture analysis. It is designed for eliciting naturalistic speech data in a comfortable environment. The lab is equipped with video cameras and high quality audio equipment, in a living room style décor. Financial support for SPARCL was provided by the Department of Linguistics, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese (thanks Justin Davidson), and by a UC Berkeley "Student Technology Fund" award won by lab graduate students.
Keith Johnson and Andrew Cheng in SPARCL