Speech Accent Archive Named Outstanding Reference Site

Posted: May 27, 2010 at 1:04 am, Last Updated: May 26, 2010 at 3:54 pm

Mason’s Speech Accent Archive has been named one of 30 outstanding web sites for free reference information.

This recognition comes from MARS: Emerging Technologies in Reference section of the Reference and User Services Association of the American Library Association. Congratulations to the faculty members, students and native speakers who have contributed to the site.

Started as a class project in 1999 by linguistics professor Steven Weinberger, the online database has language samples of speakers of different languages reading the same passage. The audio clips are paired with a transcript.

Weinberger says, “It’s free, it’s accessible and it provides valuable data. I think the most unique part of it is that it has more than 1,000 talkers speaking their accents with the same paragraph. This way, anyone can do an instant and systematic comparison.”

This article originally appeared on the College of Humanities and Social Sciences web site.

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