The Speech Accent Archive

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I was listening to NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday and there was an interesting story about the Speech Accent Archive. Its run by Steven H. Weinberger, a Linguistics prof at George Mason University.

At the site, you can listen to English speakers from all over the world reading a standard paragraph in English. It’s aimed at linguists, but it is also popular with actors as well.

Unfortunately, the site does not include what I found most interesting in the story, why these accents hold on. In the Weekend Edition story Dr. Weinberger makes the interesting connections between the parts of the first language and their English.

Just a bit of audio trivia for the day.