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2011 January 3

Map of American English Dialects

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I recently posted on English dialects, and have now come across a nice map of regional American English Dialects:

Aschmann's map of regional North American English dialects (excluding African-American dialects). Click on the map to get to the main web site.

The web site has an excellent discussion of various features of North American phonetics. Based on the discussion, but lacking any acoustic analysis of my speech, I believe that I speak a Midland dialect.

2010 November 30

Accents, please

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http://accent.gmu.edu/browse_atlas.php is a cool site that has recordings of many people reading the same passage of English text, to provide samples for determining accents.  Information is recorded about the person’s native language and how they learned English.  You can find the samples by browsing on a world map, searching by native language, or doing more sophisticated searches (by age, gender, other languages, how English was learned, and so forth).

It is a great resource for theater students who need to hear a regional accent, as well as for linguistics researchers. Some of the samples have phonetic transcriptions and some of those have been annotated, to indicate the ways in which the accent differs from “standard” English.

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