Date: Mon, 29 Jul 1996 10:53:33 -0500

From: "Timothy C. Frazer" mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU

Subject: Re: recordings of American English

In 1958 Raven McDAvid and someone else--sorry I can't remember--produced

a 33 1/3 RPM record entitled "Americans Speaking", available from the

National Council of Teachers of English. It's not comprehensive-- all

the speakers are white, there's no evidenc of Northern cities shift--but

there are good examples of cultivated white speech from Alabama (the

r-less part), e. Kentucky, Philadelphia, N YOrk City, Boston, and a

couple of others. There is one of Madiosn Wisconsin too but it doesn't

sound right to me.

Tim Frazer

On Mon, 29 Jul 1996, Allan Metcalf wrote:

The following request has me stumped. I know many researchers have made

recordings of American regional English, and phonograph records have been

made in the past, and projects are under way now - but does anyone make

available the kind of thing he wants? My one suggestion was to check with

DARE for their recordings, made in the 1960s.

If you know a source, I think it would be useful to post it to ADS-L as

well as to Mr. Barry. - Allan Metcalf


I'm a Producer with Sofkey International(see below), which is located

in Cambridge, MA. I am currently working on a CD-ROM product which

will be a "talking dictionary" and also the CD will have a component

entitled "English Language". The CD-ROM is aimed for the home and

education markets.

My goal is to create a section that demonstrates American regional

accents. I am trying to locate a source for either high quality

recordings(audio/video) of examples of American regional accents.

Does your society or could you refer me to a source that may be

interested in participating in this type of project?

Thank You for any assistance you can provide.

Kevin Barry



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