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Listen to accents/dialexts at these sites
Voice recordings from all over the UK. Can select by region; relationship of individuals in conversation (e.g., family, neighbours); gender ; age. Requires RealPlayer.
The Speech Accent Archive
The speech accent archive uniformly exhibits 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. Requires Quicktime plug-in.
IDEA: International Dialectsof English Archive
Archive of primary source recordings of English accents and dialects around the world. Fully searchable by country, state, province and characteristics of the speaker (e.g., age, ethnicity, occupation)
British Library Sound Archives
From the British Library's extensive sound recordings, but also the Berliner Lauterachiv, BBC voices, and elsewhere.
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