Atlas of Accents around the World

The Speech Accent Archive is a project by George Mason University linguistics professor Steven H. Weinberger. It records people from different parts of the world reading this paragraph in the English language:

Please call Stella. Ask her to bring these things with her from the store: Six spoons of fresh snow peas, five thick slabs of blue cheese, and maybe a snack for her brother Bob. We also need a small plastic snake and a big toy frog for the kids. She can scoop these things into three red bags, and we will go meet her Wednesday at the train station.

Link via Marginal Revolution

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Wow that's going to take some work. In these parts accents differ significantly between towns that are only a few miles apart. And this project doesn't even take into account dialect. People will generally read the written paragraph without translating into dialect, however when conversing they may use what amounts to a different language.
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