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American dialects, continued

American dialectsSix months ago, we provided some funny videos of non-native speakers imitating "real" American accents. While (most) everybody thinks that s/he doesn't have an accent, in the U.S. you can usually tell somebody's origin soon after s/he start speaking.

To help identify American English dialects, the Library of Congress maintains more than 500 American speech samples. Some of the voices will be quite familiar (e.g., Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt) while most are seldom heard (Amelia Earhart) or completely unknown.

More information about the "Survey and Collection of American English Dialect Recordings" project is available on the Library of Congress website and in this report [PDF link].


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1 Comment:

  1. Holly Behl said...
    Thanks for the hat tip!

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