What is an idiolect?

Saturday, December 1, 2018

We spend most of our time on IDEA cataloguing dialects and accents by geographic area. So how do idiolects fit into our understanding of an individual’s speech patterns?…

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New play page: ‘Lysistrata’

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Check out our newest addition to our Play Names & Terms collection: Aristophanes’ Lysistrata. Michael M. Shaw, Professor Emeritus at the University of Kansas, United States, speaks the…

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Welcome our 25th German subject

Friday, October 26, 2018

We’ve just added our 25th subject from Germany, a 20-year-old man who has lived his entire life in that country. He’s an excellent example of a very light…

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IDEA editors talk dialects & accents in new podcast

Monday, October 1, 2018

IDEA Founder and Director Paul Meier and IDEA Associate Editor Jim Johnson talk extensively about dialects and accents, dialect-sample gathering, dialects on stage and in film, and accents and…

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Introducing a new Illinois subject

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Please welcome Illinois 22, a female college student from the Chicago area. This is one of IDEA’s many self-submissions. If you think your accent or dialect is a…

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New Spanish sample added

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Welcome our ninth subject from Spain: a 23-year-old man from Madrid. Thanks to IDEA Senior Editor Deric McNish for the submission!

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Welcome our sixth Egyptian subject

Monday, September 3, 2018

Thanks to IDEA Associate Editor Sarah Nichols, we now have our sixth subject from Egypt, a 46-year-old woman from Giza.

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For you IPA and spelling enthusiasts

Sunday, September 2, 2018

If, like us here at IDEA, you are fascinated by both the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) and the wacky spelling conventions of the English language, you will love…

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Introducing two new Florida samples

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

We’ve just added two new subjects from the U.S. state of Florida. They are Florida 20 and 21. Thanks to IDEA Associate Editor Sarah Nichols!

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Welcome new Czech subject

Monday, August 13, 2018

Thanks to IDEA Associate Editor Amelia Morse Kolkmeyer, we have a new sample from the Czech Republic (or Czechia). The 64-year-old woman is our seventh subject from that…

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