May 14, 2007

The Speech Accent Archive

A few hundred native and 200+ non-native speakers of English read this paragraph: " 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."

You can contribute a reading to the project if you so desire.

I was disappointed to see that "fire" wasn't in the paragraph. You can really hear a southern accent with that word. Other words that should be in the paragraph: roof, peanut, pecan, July, ask.

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