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.
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
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.
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