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September 6, 2005 2:22 PM   Subscribe

International Dialects of English Archive
posted by kenko (17 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Rather annoying that the Philippines isn't represented, considering English is one of its national languages (opposed to Japan, Korea, and China).
posted by linux at 2:30 PM on September 6, 2005


No English speaking Caribbean countries are represented, only Cuba and Haiti!
posted by ob at 2:37 PM on September 6, 2005


Cool find. Thanks.
posted by Edible Energy at 3:02 PM on September 6, 2005


Also see: The speech accent archive
posted by dwordle at 3:07 PM on September 6, 2005


Very very cool.
posted by OmieWise at 3:45 PM on September 6, 2005


Rather annoying that the Philippines isn't represented considering it has one of the largest English-speaking populations.
posted by nathan_teske at 4:36 PM on September 6, 2005


Yay! I can practice listening to a Ghanaian accent (sadly they have only one example, though). Thanks, kenko.
posted by carmen at 6:18 PM on September 6, 2005


Awesome!
posted by smich at 7:26 PM on September 6, 2005


Rather annoying that the Philippines isn't represented considering many of its people are fluent in at least two languages, English included. (bandwagons rule!!)
posted by rolypolyman at 7:38 PM on September 6, 2005


Uff da! Rather annoying that Minnesota isn't represented considering it has a few people there who speak English, ya know.
posted by ?! at 8:22 PM on September 6, 2005


> When will you be adding dialects from "xx" region?
Our archive is constantly growing, with more samples coming in each week. If you are looking for a specific region that isn't on our website, please let us know!

posted by dhartung at 10:06 PM on September 6, 2005


This is fantastic. I'm giving my students this URL today.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 11:45 PM on September 6, 2005


Great find indeed. I'd come across the site before but forgot to bookmark it. Thanks to dwordle for the other link too.
posted by funambulist at 2:38 AM on September 7, 2005


Oooh, glad to see some Philippine love!

The Speech Accent Archive includes English spoken with Filipino accents. The atlas seems to be broken but the site is overall both an easier and more comprehensive resource.

linux, English isn't one of the national languages although the subject is hotly debated. It is very widely spoken, and informally is a unifying language, considering

a) there are many different Philippine languages, albeit highly localized, thriving in different regions of the country

b) most Filipinos are bilingual and this usually consists of the local language plus English as the second language

"Taglish" is a combination of Tagalog (main language of the National Capital Region) and English, and is frowned upon. People are encouraged to speak either English or Tagalog, never both, and preferably without a discernible accent. There is a stigma attached to those who speak English with a thick native accent, although those who employ an American twang are just as reviled.

The local valley girl equivalent is the dreaded "coño" accent/coñospeak, which consists of Taglish spoken in a high-pitched lilt with elongated, emphatic, twangy a's at the end. "Coño" is a derogatory term denoting rich, spoiled kids and social-climbers. No one else speaks it. No one knows where they learn it.
posted by Lush at 4:00 AM on September 7, 2005


Very nice!
posted by languagehat at 12:46 PM on September 7, 2005


fascinating. Thank you.
posted by Acey at 4:25 PM on September 7, 2005


[this is good]
posted by tellurian at 5:13 PM on September 7, 2005


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