Voices of Newfoundland and Labrador wants your photos!

As a follow-up to its highly successful online Dialect Atlas of Newfoundland and Labrador (www.dialectatlas.mun.ca), Memorial University’s English Language Research Centre (ELRC) is creating a new website called Voices of Newfoundland and Labrador. This website will feature high-quality digitized speech samples along with transcripts, notes and interpretive text. Speech samples span the last 50 years and represent traditional and contemporary speakers from 58 different communities, including 11 in Labrador. Like the Dialect Atlas, Voices is being designed for a general as well as a scholarly audience, which includes school and university students, cultural and heritage groups, and actors and dialect coaches.

The Voices project research team, led by Memorial Professor Emerita Dr. Sandra Clarke, is looking for your input. Here’s your chance to put your mark on this exciting project and help make the website as vibrant as possible! We invite you to submit your photos of the communities listed below for potential inclusion on the final Voices of NL website. You can read more about the project at www.mun.ca/elrc/projects/VoicesofNewfoundlandandLabrador.php

While we cannot pay for the use of your images, your name will appear in a photo credit on the website that you can share with your family and friends. In addition, you will receive a personal invitation to the launch of the Voices of NL website.

If you would like to share your scenic community photos, they should ideally be in landscape orientation (nicely-shot portrait orientation would also work) and as large as possible (a minimum of 1000 pixels wide). While we are interested primarily in colour photos, good quality black and white pictures from earlier years would also be welcome. Photos can be sent to us directly as email attachments (e.g. .jpg format), or else as scanned originals (.jpg or .tif). Alternatively, if you drop off or mail us your original prints, we can scan them and return the originals to you.

By submitting photos, you will give Memorial University’s Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELTS) and the ELRC the rights to use them for the Voices website, and to modify them as necessary. You will also be asked to sign a form certifying that you are the rights holder for any photo you submit, and that no copyright is being violated. This form is available here: 2015_VOICES_PHOTO_RELEASE_FORM

Contact information:

The English Language Research Centre
Arts and Administration Building (A3019)
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John’s, NL A1C 5S7

Tel: 709-864-4481/8065
Email: elrc@mun.ca

Hours of operation: Mon-Fri 9:30AM-4PM

Photos are required for the following communities:

Avalon Peninsula

  1. Port de Grave
  2. Cappahayden
  3. Patrick’s Cove
  4. Branch
  5. Dunville, Placentia

Burin Peninsula

  1. St. Bernards’s
  2. Baine Harbour
  3. Fox Cove/Mortier
  4. Lamaline

South Coast

  1. Milltown
  2. Burgeo
  3. Rose Blanche

Codroy Valley area

  1. Upper Ferry
  2. Highlands

Corner Brook & Gros Morne area

  1. Corner Brook
  2. Rocky Harbour
  3. Parson’s Pond

Great Northern Peninsula

  1. Blue Cove
  2. Raleigh
  3. St. Anthony
  4. Conche
  5. (Great) Harbour Deep

Notre Dame Bay & Central

  1. Beaumont (Long Island)
  2. Lushes Bight (Long Island)
  3. Grand Falls-Windsor
  4. Lewisporte
  5. Main Point, Gander Bay
  6. Frederickton

Bonavista Bay

  1. Sandy Cove
  2. Red Cliff


  1. l’Anse-au-Loup
  2. Pinware
  3. Battle Harbour
  4. Batteau
  5. Cartwright
  6. North West River & Sheshatshit
  7. Makkovik
  8. Postville
  9. Hopedale (& Big Bay)
  10. Nain
  11. Labrador City
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