By Stephanie Ciccarelli
June 16, 2008
Check out IDEA, which stands for International Dialects of English Archive, featuring audio samples of dialects for theatre and film artists.
The International Dialects of English Archive, IDEA, was created in 1997 as a repository of primary source recordings for actors and other artists in the performing arts. Its home is the Department of Theatre and Film at the University Of Kansas, in Lawrence, KS, USA; while associate editors form a global network.
All recordings are in English, are of native speakers, and you will find both English language dialects and English spoken in the accents of other languages. The recordings are downloadable and playable for both PC and Macintosh computers.
à¹ Central America
à¹ North America
à¹ South America
à¹ Special Collections
These are further broken down into regional accents.
It is free to listen to and download these audio samples for personal use, however, there are certain restrictions on the usage of the files for other purposes as IDEA holds the copyright to the recordings and text files.
Also, stage and film producers take note:
It is fully expected that actors, writers, directors and others will make use of the archive for research in film and stage productions, though it is requested, as a courtesy, that such use of the archive be acknowledged in the play bill of a theatre production, or in the closing credits of a television or feature film as follows:
SPECIAL THANKS TO IDEA (International Dialects of English Archive)
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