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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

How many ways to say "suck"?

As of last Friday, I'm officially unemployed and loving hating it. I'll keep you updated on the job search.

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The speech accent archive is a very cool archive of speech recordings. Drawn from all over the world, the database of voices reflects an incredible diversity of inflections, emphases and rhythms.

From the site:

Everyone who speaks a language, speaks it with an accent. A particular accent essentially reflects a person's linguistic background. When people listen to someone speak with a different accent from their own, they notice the difference, and they may even make certain biased social judgments about the speaker.

The speech accent archive is established to uniformly exhibit a large set of speech accents from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English all read the same English paragraph and are carefully recorded.1 The archive is constructed as a teaching tool and as a research tool. It is meant to be used by linguists as well as other people who simply wish to listen to and compare the accents of different english speakers.

If you've an interest in language, vocalization and the changes wrought to both by geography and history (read: context), I'd suggest swinging by and checking it out.


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