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.

3 Responses to “Speech Accent Archive Story on NPR”

  1. Jaŋari said

    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 (, so he or she can get feedback from others. Feel free to check it out.


  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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