Slavic and Eurasian Studies

Texas Czech Legacy Project

The Texas Czech Legacy Project Features its First Recordings

The Texas Czech Legacy Project (TCLP) aims to offer comprehensive information about the language and culture of Texas Czechs. The Project’s mission is to create a community resource for Texas Czechs, as well as a scholarly resource for anyone fascinated by this population’s language, culture, and history.

TCLP's first and most ambitious undertaking is the Texas Czech Dialect Archive (TCDA), a user interface and database with audio recordings of spoken language collected from ethnic Czech Moravians in Texas from the 1970s through the 2000s. The next step will be a visual archive that will tell the story of Texas Czechs through personal documents, photographs, and historical newspapers.

The Project is led by Lida Cope of East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, working in collaboration with Professor Hans Boas of UT's Department of Germanic Studies and the Department of Linguistics, and with support from CREEES.

Ultimately, the Texas Czech Legacy Project will offer a web-accessible database of audio and textual materials in and about Texas Czech. The holdings of the Texas Czech Dialect Archive will include audio recordings of sociolinguistic interviews conducted with ethnic Czech Moravians in Texas, of cultural events, and Texas Czech music. With time, we will add print (e.g., newspapers like Svoboda and Našinec), photographs (e.g., Texas Czech tombstone inscriptions courtesy of Professor Eva Eckert of the Anglo American University in Prague, Czech Republic & Connecticut College), personal photos, autobiographies, and diaries.

For more information, please visit the TCLP website.

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