Collection Descriptive Notes:
Native speaker (male) voices minimal pairs, gives samples of tones, and utters whole phrases as well as spontaneous remarks. The venue is the University of Chicago, and the date is around 1935.
Collection Technical Notes:
Phonograph records are needle-cut aluminum discs of the Fairchild Professional Record brand. No information is available regarding the identity of the speaker, though one may infer that he is a speaker of a variety of Mandarin from Sichuan Province. Identity of the compiler is inferred by the cataloguer from the handwriting on the disc sleeves (identical to that on the contemporary Yucatec Maya recordings, for example). The man speaking English in the background is probably the audio engineer (not Andrade). JJT chose "zho" to encode the WAVE files since the precise dialect of Chinese spoken here is unknown. WAVE files are now converted to MP3s.