Wednesday, March 07, 2007

This might be one of the coolest things ever

lips speakingThe Speech Accent Archive -- you can pick a region and hear a speaker read a short piece of text. The text seems arbitrary at first, but you realize that somehow it incorporates a lot of phonemes that are shaded just a bit in various locales (I could tell Detroit from Chicago). Compare eastern and western parts of the UK, see if you can tell Pittsburgh from Detroit, learn to tell a Botswana accent from a Nigerian one. Man, I could do this all day!

(via Cognitive Daily)

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