Links and Resources
Dialect Resources Online
- Accent Help
- African Accents: A Workbook for Actors (audio samples of accompany 11 African accents and dialects)
- American Dialect Society
- American Languages (a UW-Madison project to document American linguistic diversity; visit their library of American dialects)
- National Map of the Regional Dialects of American English (by the University of Pennsylvania)
- Atlas of North American English
- Audio Eloquence (pronunciation, dialect and speech resources for audiobook narrators)
- BBC Voices project (1,200 recordings of British and Irish voices)
- British Library Accents and Dialects of the United Kingdom
- British Library Sounds (thousands of spoken-word recordings)
- Center for Applied Linguistics (interviews with subjects in most US states and territories, and two Canadian provinces)
- Dialect Resource (dialect tapes by Gillian Lane-Plescia)
- Dialectology at Leeds (information on the Survey of English Dialects)
- Dictionary of American Regional English
- Dynamic Dialects (an accent database, containing an articulatory video-based corpus of speech samples)
- North Carolina Language and Life Project
- Paul Meier Dialect Services
- Scots language — a guide
- Speech Accent Archive (foreign-language speakers reading the same English text)
- Stoller System (dialect coaching and design by Amy Stoller)
- Telsur Project (a phonological atlas of North America)
- Vincent Voice Library (many thousands of voice recordings of people both famous and obscure; many playable online)
- Visual Accent and Dialect Archive (video archive of English-language accents and dialects from around the world)
- Voices of the UK (a project of the British Library, a research tool for finding specific online UK dialect recordings)
- Yorkshire Dialect Verse (native Yorkshire poets reading their compositions in dialect)
Drama Schools and Acting Training
- Association for Theatre in Higher Education (theatre departments in U.S. universities)
- Conference of Drama Schools (British drama schools)
- Internet Movie Database
- MeierMovies (a rating and ranking system for theatrically released motion pictures, by IDEA Executive Editor Cameron Meier)
- Babel Fish Translation (Translate a block of text from any language into any other.)
- In Search of the First Language (a PBS Nova TV program transcript)
- Linguistic Society of America
- Macquarie Dictionary (an Australian dictionary and thesaurus)
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)
- 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)
- LitCharts: The Bard’s Lexicon (words coined by Shakespeare) and other Shakespeare vocabulary resources
- Shakespeare’s Complete Works online
- Shakespeare Pronunciation (an iOS and Android app, by Shane-Ann Younts and Louis Scheeder) to guide your pronunciation of over 5000 words in the canon)
- Shakespeare Text Search (Type in a phrase, find if Shakespeare used it, and where.)
- Shakespeare’s Words (David and Ben Crystal’s unsurpassed resource; providing the full text of the plays and poems, a searchable glossary integrated with the text, lists of characters, plot synopses, graphic representation of the characters’ relationships in each play, and more)
- Ultimate Shakespeare Resource Guide (a summary of some of the best Shakespeare resources online)
- Voicing Shakespeare, an eBook with embedded sound and video, by Paul Meier, IDEA’s founder and director
- Vocal Process (Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher)
Voice, Speech, and Phonetics Sites
- Fitzmaurice Voicework
- Interactive IPA. An iOS app from Paul Meier, IDEA’s founder and director.
- International Phonetic Alphabet. An interactive online demonstration.
- International Phonetic Association
- IPA Handbook
- IPA Keyboard (no download required; allows you to create phonetic unicode text, which you may then simply cut and paste into your own document)
- Kristin Linklater
- Knight/Thompson Speechwork
- Physclips (multimedia introduction to the basic operation of the human voice)
- Rising Stars Reading Planet: Phonics Guide (an introduction to phonics for parents, children, and schools)
- SAMPA Computer readable phonetic alphabet
- Seeing Speech (speech articulation)
- SIL International (phonetic fonts and more)
- University of Iowa Phonetics (great animated graphics of the speech tract in action)
- University of New South Wales: Sounds of World English
- VASTA (Voice and Speech Trainers Association)
- VASTA Professional Index
- VASTA links (a great list of voice/accent/language resources provided by VASTA)
- Voice + Speech (Website by Eric Armstrong)
Teaching Pronunciation: A Critical Approach. Karadeniz Technical University, 2008.
Barton, Robert, with Rocco Dal Vera.
Voice: Onstage And Off. Harcourt Brace, 1995.
Stage Dialects. Dramatic Publishing, 1984.
An Introduction to the Pronunciation of English. Edward Arnold, London, 1964.
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.
Stage Dialect Studies. Available through the author: 609 West Fairmount Ave., State College, PA 16801.
Dialects and Accents for Actors. 66 Mathewson Mill Rd., Preston, CT 06365. www.dialectresource.com.
Dialects for the Stage. New York: Theatre Arts Books, 1975.
Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen. Paul Meier Dialect Services, 4316 Wimbledon Drive, Lawrence, KS 66047, USA. www.paulmeier.com.
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.
Accents of English. London: Cambridge University Press, 1982, rep. 1985.