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The Sonic Dictionary is a growing collection of recordings created by students at Duke University and collaborating institutions. The project was inspired by the lack of reference materials available for students and teachers of audio culture. By experimenting with the form of a dictionary, we imagine how audio recordings can be used to enhance the vocabulary of sonic experience. The Sonic Dictionary also houses student-curated exhibits that draw connections between individual sounds and broader cultural and historical concerns.

This project began as part of the Audiovisualities Lab at Duke University's Franklin Humanities Institute. It is currently supported by the Franklin Humanities Institute and the Humanities Writ Large Initiative at Duke, funded by the Andew W. Mellon Foundation.

For questions or contributions, please contact Mary Caton Lingold at mary.caton.lingold [at]

Mary Caton Lingold, Duke University, Founder & Director
Deeksha Malhotra, Duke University, Research Coordinator
Rebecca Geoffroy-Schwinden, University of North Texas, Advisory Board
Darren Mueller, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Advisory Board
Danielle Skeehan, Oberlin College, Advisory Board
Will Shaw, Duke University, Digital Humanities Technology Consultant
Laura Williams, Duke University, Advisory Board
Jonna McKone, Recording Consultant
Andrew McDonald, Logo Illustrator

In the Press, Sonic Dictionary, An Aural History Project., For All Your Southern Needs, A Sonic Dictionary.

Duke Today, Documenting the South Through Sound.

Privacy Policy for Contributors

We respect your privacy. Personal information such as your name and e-mail is obtained only when voluntarily submitted. Any information you provide will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals outside of the Sonic Dictionary project. We will use your contact information only for Sonic Dictionary activities.