Monday, February 06, 2006

Online Speech Accent Archive

George Mason University (in Northen Virginia, USA, just outside of Washington, DC) has an online archive of numerous examples of accented english. It is an excellent resource of searchable/browseable accented speech recordings. Each recording has data about the speaker (e.g. place of birth, native language, age, sex, age that began learning english and how), as well as the english text that was read with a phonetic transcription. The english text is marked up with linguistic generalizations about consonants, vowels, and syllable structures.

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