How English is Spoken Around the World

The Speech Accent Archive has catalogued snippets of the English language spoken around the world on their site.  Steven Weinberger, a professor of linguistics at George Mason University created the web site with the purpose “to uniformly exhibit a large set of speech accents from a variety of language backgrounds.”  All samples have native English and non-native English speakers read the same elicitation 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.

This paragraph purports to contain almost every sound in English (which means it contains most of the consonants, vowels, and clusters of standard American English).  Speakers are asked to answer a series of seven demographic questions about their native language, other languages spoken and when they started to speak English.  At last count, there were over 1,300 language samples archived on the site.  There are a range of search options or you can browse the map to select an audio sample from a specific geographic region.

Visit:  The Speech Accent Archive

The Speech Accent Archive


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