Friday, July 8, 2011

Please Call Stella

I discovered a website called The Speech Accent Archive, developed by the linguistics department of George Mason University in Virginia. The site has a collection of transcripts from speakers all over the world, rehearsing the same paragraph in English. You can submit your own, if you like. Below are some samples of American speakers, then some other English speakers, then some foreign speakers: 

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 tried to get a cross-section of the country.

Boston, MA

Atlanta, GA



El Salvador:

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