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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Please call Stella- learning phonetics, practising ponunciation with Weinberger

Maria Zijlstra: I'm joined this week by Steven Weinberger, an associate professor of linguistics in the department of English at George Mason University in the state of Virginia in America, who's the administrator of an online archive, amassing as many as possible variations of accented English by recording people from all around the world speaking these words:

'Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob. We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids. She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.'
So how many recordings of different people reading those 69 words are there now into the accent archive, Professor Weinberger? .....

Listen to this samples (with Quicktime)

Browse by speaker, atlas, or inventory:

Welcome to the browse section of the speech accent archive. By following the Language/ Speakers section you will be able to track different accents by speaker and native language. The Atlas/ Regions allows you to browse for representative speakers geographically. The Native Phonetic Inventory allows you to trace different accent origins by presenting you with a systematic representation of various native language sounds.

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