Welcome first subject of 2020: Vietnam 4

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

We ring in the new year here at IDEA with our fourth subject from Vietnam. Happy 2020 to all of you, and thanks for your continued support.

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The origins of ‘Comma Gets a Cure’

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

If you’ve listened to audio samples on IDEA, you’ve undoubtedly heard the now famous Comma Gets a Cure elicitation passage that precedes most recordings of subjects’ unscripted speech….

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The Year in Review

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

It’s been a great 2019 at IDEA! Deepest thanks and congratulations to the following editors whose samples we published this year: Bryn Austin (13), Ben Corbett (12), Kris…

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Global Map IS still working

Monday, December 9, 2019

Some of you might have noticed that our Global Map looks different. Rest assured, it IS still working. But the visual display is a bit odd. Sorry for…

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Ben Corbett discusses Arkansas dialects

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

IDEA Associate Editor Ben Corbett was recently interviewed by National Public Radio’s KAUF about his Arkansas Accent and Dialect Project, which seeks to record subjects from every county…

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Welcome Massachusetts 15

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Thanks to IDEA Associate Editor Bryn Austin, we’ve just added our 15th subject from the U.S. state of Massachusetts. The subject, a 57-year-old Asian American, has lived near…

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Researching Romani language and dialects

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

I’ve just heard from IDEA Associate Editor Rena Cook, who has a fascinating gig. She’s dialect-coaching a film with Romani (or Roma) characters, not to be confused with…

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Congratulations, Marco Sciascia

Friday, November 15, 2019

Please join me in congratulating Associate Editor Marco Sciascia, who has just passed his International Phonetic Association examination for the certificate of proficiency in the phonetics of English,…

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Welcome Arkansas 20

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Courtesy of IDEA Associate Editor Ben Corbett, we’ve just added our twentieth subject from the U.S. state of Arkansas. The subject, a 20-year-old white man, is just our…

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Introducing our third Azerbaijani subject

Monday, November 4, 2019

Thanks to IDEA contributor Gunay Mammadova, we have our third subject from the Eurasian nation of Azerbaijan. The subject is an 18-year-old woman from Sumqayit, in the eastern…

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