‘IDEA’: Dialects of the English language

The Old Inheritance

The English language always interests me, especially in its many different dialects.

Some of you may be familiar with the IDEA website. I’ve blogged about it before, but I thought it might be of interest for readers here to check out the IDEA site. The acronym stands for ‘International Dialects of English Archive.‘ If you follow the link you will see the page which contains sound files of American dialects, with the voices of people from various parts of the U.S.. The participants are given material to read aloud, and thus we get some idea of their regional or local dialect.

On the IDEA website there are people from every region of the U.S., and if you find the drop-down menu at the top left of the page you can find voice samples from other English-speaking countries.

This is fascinating to me; I love our language, though I…

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