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Speech Accent Archive

Developed by a team of researchers at George Mason University, this rather fascinating site contains speech samples of 259 individuals from different language backgrounds reading the same paragraph. Some of the languages included on the site include Portuguese, Sardinian, Polish, and Urdu. Clicking on any one of the languages will take users to an individualized page that contains a sound bar, some basic demographic information, a phonetic transcription of the sample reading, and a link to the speaker's phonological generalizations. In many cases, there will be examples of several different speakers for each linguistic tradition from different regions. The site avoids excessive technical jargon and provides basic descriptions of such linguistic phenomena ranging from vowel raising, consonant deletion, and voicing change. Finally, the site provides information on how to make an effective voice recording and links to additional resources.
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Date of Scout Publication 2003-08-01
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