LINGUIST List 13.2973

Sat Nov 16 2002

Sum: Model/Sample English recordings

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  1. Yasuo Nakajima, Model/Sample English recordings

Message 1: Model/Sample English recordings

Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2002 09:13:50 +0000
From: Yasuo Nakajima <>
Subject: Model/Sample English recordings

Regarding my previous question about model/sample English recordings
for a college undergraduate phonetics course, I got the responses
below. Thank you very much for your contribution. (Each message
followed by the contributer.)

1) Here are two very interesting sites that may be what you are
looking for: (Johanna
L. Wood, Dept. of English, Arizona State University)

2) The second edition of Trudgill & Hannah's International English had
an accompanying tape with the same text read in thriteen different
varieties of English. The book is now in its fourth edition but this
material no longer seems to be available. (Marc Picard)

3) There's very nice website of the Evaluating English Accents
WorldWide Project. Below I'm copying a message that appeared on the
Linguist List last summer. There may be some proviso for using their
data in class though. (Adrienne Bruyn, ULCL / Spinoza, Leiden
University, the Netherlands) (Thu, 27 Jun 2002) The Evaluating English
Accents WorldWide (EEAWW) Project is made up of an international group
of scholars interested in analysing the evaluations and opinions of
different national and ethnic groups to four of the ''standard''
accents of English: Near-RP (educated Southern English English);
General North American; and middle-of-the-road Australian and New
Zealand accents. We use 22 personality, voice, and status traits in
the questionnaire for this project. The data acquired by the EEAWW
Project is being used in a number of different research projects and
studies by participants. Linguists interested in language attitudes
and learning, along with researchers in the social psychology of
language and accent loyalty, media influence, the impact of
paralinguistic features, and related topics in the Gilesian tradition
should find our website interesting. Our website is located at the
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, it has
recently been revamped and enlarged to make navigation easier. The
site has full details on aims, methods, etc. and a sample
questionnaire. Summary results of our evaluations in New Zealand,
Australia, the USA, England, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Singapore, Hong
Kong, and Fiji are already available on the site, along with sound
clips of the accents used and the text read by each of the eight male
and female voices. 
New additions since our last update in May of this year include: 
* data on 133 native-born Japanese students at International Christian
University, Tokyo.
* a new page on research under way at present. 
* A summary of our research on the impact of intonation patterns on
listener evaluation. 
* An exploratory study contrasting significant
dimensions used to group personality traits by Chinese and Japanese
students on the one hand and Western students on the other.
* Data on the perceived ease of comprehension by Japanese and Hong
Kong students of the eight voices used in the study. (Donn Bayard,
Anthropology Department, University of Otago, New Zealand)
4) I would recommend the recording which accompanies Accents of
English by Prof. J.C.Wells: on it, along with authentic recordings of
spontaneous speech from various parts of the English-speaking world,
you'll also find some of the speakers reading a test passage written
by Prof. Wells. You could also check the Speech Accent Archive at (Snezhina Dimitrova, Department of
English and American Studies, University of Sofia ''St Kliment
Ohridski,'' Bulgaria)

Yasuo Nakajima
Dept. of Foreign Studies, Kyorin University, Japan
Dept. of Linguistics, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA 

Subject-Language: English; Code: ENG 
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