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IDEA: International Dialects of English Archive MenuHOMEDIALECTS & ACCENTSAfricaAsiaAustralia-OceaniaCaribbeanCentral AmericaEuropeMiddle EastNorth AmericaSouth AmericaSPECIAL COLLECTIONSGeneral AmericanNative AmericansOral HistoriesPhonetic TranscriptionsPlay Names and TermsReceived PronunciationSpeech and Voice DisordersTest Your EarTest Your ComprehensionSUBMISSIONSHow to Submit a SampleSubmission GuidelinesRecording GuidelinesBecome an Associate EditorCorrections & AdditionsField Recording GuideSubject WaiverStyle Guide for EditorsABOUTComma Gets A CureCopyright & Credit InformationFAQLinks and ResourcesOther Dialect ServicesThe Rainbow PassageSponsor IDEASupport IDEATestimonials & ReviewsWish ListSTAFFPaul Meier, Founder & DirectorCameron Meier, Executive EditorSenior EditorsAssociate EditorsGLOBAL MAPWHAT’S NEWCONTACT Welcome to IDEA. The International Dialects of English Archive was created in 1998 as the internet’s first archive of primary-source recordings of English-language dialects and accents as heard around the world. With more than 1,600 samples from 135 countries and territories, and more than 170 hours of recordings, IDEA is now the largest archive of its kind.IDEA’s recordings are principally in English, are of native speakers, and include both English-language dialects and English spoken in the accents of other languages. (Many include brief demonstrations of the speaker’s native language, too.) The archive also includes extensive Special Collections.Paul MeierPaul Meier is IDEA’s founder, director, and principal contributor, personally collecting nearly 20 percent of the archive. He established IDEA to provide actors the real-life models they need for their characters’ accents and dialects; many actors use his Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen in conjunction with IDEA. But IDEA has proved invaluable in many other fields too; for example, it’s a favorite tool of international business, helping personnel become familiar with their customers’ accents and dialects.HOW IDEA WORKSTo find an example of an accent or dialect, use the Global Map, or the Dialects and Accents tab on the menu bar. The site is also fully searchable, not just by country, state, and province, but also by characteristics of each speaker, such as ethnicity, age, and occupation; even single phrases from transcriptions and phonetics can be searched online. You may conveniently listen to the streaming audio while reading the accompanying transcription and commentary. All samples have one-line descriptions (gender, age, year of birth, ethnicity, location). Submission of new samples by the editors and other contributors is done entirely online.At the heart of IDEA are its Senior Editors and the  Associate Editors, forming a global network of contributors. They record the subjects, transcribe the recordings, and, in many cases, write scholarly commentaries that often include phonetic and cultural analyses. Many editors are professors at major universities, or are members of The Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA).Cameron MeierCameron Meier is IDEA’s executive editor and chief copy editor, and also vice president of Paul Meier Dialect Services.New recordings, their accompanying transcriptions and scholarly commentaries are added frequently (see What’s New). Each recording includes both a reading (Comma Gets a Cure, or, on our earliest recordings, The Rainbow Passage) and some unscripted speech – about four minutes in all.The Global Map quickly reveals which countries/states/provinces have a representative sample, and those that still lack one. As you see, IDEA continues to grow, aspiring to provide a recording from every corner of the world. Please join us in this ambitious project by becoming an associate editor, or contributing your own voice to the archive. SEARCH THE ARCHIVEIDEA IS SUPPORTED BYClick the graphic below to visit our sponsors.SUPPORT IDEAPlease consider supporting this free research website by clicking here.LIKE IDEA ON FACEBOOK WHAT’S NEWWelcome new editor Jacqueline SpringfieldApril 29, 2022Say hello to a new African nation: ZambiaApril 6, 2022Welcome our 15th Iranian subjectMarch 21, 2022Introducing England 115, from HertfordshireJanuary 17, 2022Welcome Virginia 14, a subject born with cleft palateJanuary 10, 2022SHARE ON SOCIAL MEDIA Copyright © 2022 · All Rights Reserved · IDEA: International Dialects of English Archive Magazine Theme v4 by Organic Themes · WordPress Hosting · RSS Feed · Log in error: Content is protected [email protected] print {body * {display: none !important;}body:after {content: "You are not allowed to print preview this page, Thank you"; }}#wpcp-error-message { direction: ltr; text-align: center; transition: opacity 900ms ease 0s; z-index: 99999999;}.hideme { opacity:0; visibility: hidden;}.showme { opacity:1; visibility: visible;}.msgmsg-box-wpcp {border:1px solid #f5aca6;border-radius: 10px;color: #555;font-family: Tahoma;font-size: 11px;margin: 10px;padding: 10px 36px;position: fixed;width: 255px;top: 50%; left: 50%; margin-top: -10px; margin-left: -130px; -webkit-box-shadow: 0px 0px 34px 2px rgba(242,191,191,1);-moz-box-shadow: 0px 0px 34px 2px rgba(242,191,191,1);box-shadow: 0px 0px 34px 2px rgba(242,191,191,1);}.msgmsg-box-wpcp span {font-weight:bold;text-transform:uppercase;}.warning-wpcp {background:#ffecec url('https://www.dialectsarchive.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-content-copy-protector/images/warning.png') no-repeat 10px 50%;}