Introducing our 105th English subject

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

We’ve just added our 105th English subject to IDEA. He’s a 29-year-old man from Surrey, in southeast England. You can listen to his self-submission and read more about…

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Welcome a new Caribbean subject

Thursday, January 31, 2019

We’ve just added our second subject from the Caribbean nation of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. Thanks to IDEA Associate Editor Elizabeth Montoya-Stemann for the submission!

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Welcome new Beijing subject

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

We’ve just added a subject from Beijing, China. It’s our third sample from Beijing and our 117th from China. Thanks to Associate Editor Bryn Austin for the submission!

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Welcome three new American subjects

Friday, January 4, 2019

Thanks to IDEA Senior Editor Deric McNish and his students (Peter Florian and Mia Taylor), we now have three new American subjects: Michigan 23, Pennsylvania 11, and New…

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A podcast on the Australian dialect

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Learn about the history and sounds of the Australian dialect with this month’s In a Manner of Speaking podcast. The January edition, featuring IDEA Founder and Director Paul…

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Happy New Year: a look back at 2018

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Happy new year from IDEA! Last year was another productive one for us, with 77 new samples added to the archive. These included the first ever from the…

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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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