Literal-Minded

Linguistic commentary from a guy who takes things too literally

Speech Accent Archive Story on NPR

Posted by Neal on March 3, 2007

Hey, remember this panphonic paragraph that I mentioned back in May in this post?

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.

They did a segment on NPR about it this morning. It’s about Steven Weinberger’s Speech Accent Archive project at George Mason University.

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3 Responses to “Speech Accent Archive Story on NPR”

  1. Jaŋari said

    Grr.
    Just about every language family is represented, apart from any Australian ones.

  2. david said

    As a non-native speakers who’ve lived in the U.S. for over a decade, I think accent is a fascinating topic too. That’s why we made it very easy for anyone to record “please call stella” at our site (http://www.kantalk.com), so he or she can get feedback from others. Feel free to check it out.

    David

  3. [...] phoneme in the English language. That’s right, it’s another panphonic text, like the grocery list, tiger story, or poem about a cruel friend that I’ve blogged about under this category. It [...]

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