Links and Resources


Dialect Resources Online


Drama Schools and Acting Training


Film Resources




Pronunciation Dictionaries and Resources

  • Forvo (Look up any word in any language and hear it pronounced by a native speaker.)
  • The Free Dictionary (provides a recording of each word, pronounced in American English)
  • J.C. Wells, Longman Pronunciation Dictionary, London, Longman, 1990. (provides both American and British English pronunciations of over 40,000 words, in IPA)
  • Kenyon, John S., and Thomas A. Knott, A Pronouncing Dictionary of American English, Merriam, 1944. (revised and updated; provides pronunciation in IPA)


Recording Software

  • Audacity (a free, open-source, easy-to-use program that let’s you record and edit sound files in a variety of formats including mp3; be sure to also install LAME, essential if you are also making mp3 files)
  • WavePad (a free, open source, easy-to-use program that let’s you record and edit sound files in a variety of formats including mp3)



  • Silva Rhetoricae (The Forest of Rhetoric; a glossary of rhetorical terms and figures, compiled by Professor Gideon Burton)






Theatre Associations


Voice, Speech, and Phonetics Sites

Suggested Reading

Ayan, Erdal. Teaching Pronunciation: A Critical Approach. Karadeniz Technical University, 2008.
Barton, Robert, with Rocco Dal Vera. Voice: Onstage And Off. Harcourt Brace, 1995.
Blunt, Jerry. Stage Dialects. Dramatic Publishing, 1984.
Gimson, A.C. An Introduction to the Pronunciation of English. Edward Arnold, London, 1964.
Herman, Lewis. Foreign Dialects: A Manual for Actors, Directors and Writers. Routledge, 1997.
Hughes, Arthur, and Peter Trudgill. English Accents and Dialects, 3rd. ed. London: Edward Arnold, 1983.
Kur, Barry. Stage Dialect Studies. Available through the author: 609 West Fairmount Ave., State College, PA 16801.
Lane-Plescia, Gillian. Dialects and Accents for Actors. 66 Mathewson Mill Rd., Preston, CT 06365.
Machlin, Evangeline. Dialects for the Stage. New York: Theatre Arts Books, 1975.
Meier, Paul. Accents and Dialects for Stage and Screen. Paul Meier Dialect Services, 4316 Wimbledon Drive, Lawrence, KS 66047, USA.
Molin, Donald H. Actor’s Encyclopedia of Dialects, 2nd ed. New York: Sterling Publishers, 1991.
Stern, David Alan. Acting with an Accent. Dialect Accents Specialists, Inc., 51 Depot St. Lyndonville, Vt. 05851-0044.
Wells, J.C. Accents of English. London: Cambridge University Press, 1982, rep. 1985.