Vehicle City Voices

The Vehicle City Voices (VCV) research project will take a snapshot of language use in Flint while serving as an oral history archive for Flint residents.  We ask a range of questions including:  How is the dialect changing in Flint?  What are some unique features of Flint speech?  What positive stories do residents have to share about Flint’s history?


(Photos By Erica Britt)

Back to the Bricks, Downtown Flint 2011

VCV Research Team:

Principle Investigator:  Dr. Erica Britt  (English Department, UM-Flint, [email protected])

Co-Investigator:  Dr. Kazuko Hiramatsu (English Department, UM-Flint)

Graduate Student Research Assistant:  Wallee Keating

Research Assistant:  Jenee’ Price

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Assistants:

  • Andrew Slabchuck (Summer 2012-Winter 2013)
  • Samantha Scott (Summer 2013-Fall 2013)
  • Caitlin Kelly (Fall 2013-Winter 2014)
  • Candace Lester (Fall 2013-Summer 2014)
  • Jarren Hall (Winter 2014-Summer 2014)
  • Bryce Jefferson (Winter 2014-Present)
  • Wai Hohmann (Winter 2014-Present)
  • Anthony Taylor (Fall 2014-Present)

Many thanks to students in LIN 244 (The Structure of English:  Winter 2012) and ENG/LIN 409/509 (American English:  Fall 2012 and Winter 2014) for their hard work collecting interviews for this project.

The VCV project was made possible by support from the UM-Flint Office of Research and Sponsored Programs through the Research and Creative Activity (RCAC) Grant and the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).  Additional funding was provided by the UM-Flint English Department.