Story Elicitations

The following collections present each participant with the same piece of prose to read aloud. In some cases, participants were also presented with a set of unrelated sentences to read as well. These selections were designed to get all participants to pronounce a variety of words or sounds of interest within context. Click on each collection for information about the data available for each story.

Written by James Thurber. Published in The New Yorker, January 25, 1936, pp. 17-18.

Written by Katherine E. Wheatley; publication date unknown

Written by Gertrude Sellon. Original title "I Don't Know." Published in The Man's Boot, and Other Tales: or, Fabulous Truths in Words of One Syllable, 1876, London: Wertheimer, Lea, and Co., pp. 52-55.


Klipple, C. (1945). The speech of Spicewood, Texas. American Speech, 20(3), 187-191.
MacMahon, M. K. C. (1991). The woman behind 'Arthur'. Journal of the International Phonetic Association, 21(1), 29-31. doi:10.1017/S0025100300005983
Thurber, J. (1936, January 25). Nine needles. The New Yorker, 17-18.
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