Thursday, August 14, 2003

Music to My Ears XLIV

Speech Accent Archive is an online repository of more than 250 recordings featuring people with different native languages reading the same paragraph in English.

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.

I find projects like this fascinating. Several speakers hesitate while reading, adding an extremely human feel to the recordings, and the IPA phonetic transcription is a handy comparison tool.

Thanks to Metafilter.

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