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  1. Accents & Dialects
  2. Anatomy
  3. Audio Software
  4. Book Search & Price Comparison Sites
  5. Book Stores, Publishers, & Licensing Organizations
  6. Health & Science: Voice, Speech & Language, Hearing
  7. IPA Fonts & Input Helpers
  8. Languages & Linguistics
  9. Latin & Greek
  10. Libraries & Reference Works
  11. Phonetics & Phonetic Notation
  12. Play-Search Databases
  13. Pronunciation Guides
  14. VASTA Member Publications

Some overlap in disciplines is inevitable, so if you don’t find what you seek in one category, try another—you never know what you might find!


[Updated January 15, 2017]

Dialect and accent sites and pages seem especially susceptible to rapid expiration. If you are looking for information on a particular accent or dialect and can’t find it here or through a web search, please contact Amy Stoller directly about her research service.

American Dialect Society
"Dedicated to the study of the English language in North America, and of other languages, or dialects of other languages, influencing it or influenced by it."

Atlas of North American English
Survey of linguistic changes in progress in North American English. This page provides a taster of the full Atlas, which is expensive enough to be within reach only of those with large institutional budgets.

Aye Can Speak Scots
Audio samples of people speaking Scots in their regional dialects. Sadly, many of the links seem to be broken, but the ones that work are lovely. Be patient!

British Library Sounds
Access to more than 650 regional speech samples from the British Library’s collection. Includes several valuable collections within Accents & Dialects and Oral History.

Cambridge Online Survey of World Englishes
Documentation of the range of variation in World Englishes, run by Bert Vaux and Marius L. Jøhndal, with a link to survey results so far.

DialectCoaches.com Pinterest Page
Massive collection of online resources for dialect coaches, edited by VASTA’s very own Pamela Vanderway.

Dictionary of the Scots Language
Searchable electronic editions of the 12-volume Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) and the 10-volume Scottish National Dictionary (SND).

Dialectoteca del Español
Audiovisual library, using speech samples from a wide variety of native speakers to document the most representative patterns in the pronunciation of modern spoken Spanish.

Dynamic Dialects
An accent database, containing an articulatory video-based corpus of speech samples from world-wide accents of English. Videos in this corpus contain synchronised audio, ultrasound-tongue-imaging video and video of the moving lips, from the University of Glasgow.

Harvard Survey of North American Dialects – Results.
Bert Vaux’s original survey used a series of questions designed to identify regional peculiarities of USA English. Results for each state, though not conclusive, can be useful for fine-tuning details in dialect writing, performance, or instruction.

International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA)
All IDEA’s recordings are in English, 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. Streaming audio. Updated frequently.

Folklore Collections (Irish)
Filmmaker Michael Fortune has made a priceless collection of short films in Counties Mayo, Tipperary, and Wexford among others. This playlist, curated by the author, is only the tip of the iceberg. Check out the whole channel for more, and search for Michael Fortune’s project websites.

Fonetiks
Online pronunciation guides to nine varieties of the English language and nine other languages; samples by over 40 native speakers.

Language in Ireland
Raymond Hickey’s excellent website is dedicated to language, with links to two large sites on Irish and English by the author.

Library of Congress
The link above will take to a saved search of dialect audio files from the Library’s many collections. This link will take you to a saved search of video files. You can refine your search terms any way you like to discover the riches within this national treasure.

Librivox Celebration of Dialects and Accents
These speech samples from Librivox readers can be downloaded at Volume 1 and Volume 2, or streamed at Volume 1 and Volume 2.

Lowlands-L Anniversary Celebration
“The Wren,” a Low Saxon folktale, translated into a good number of Lowlands (and other) language varieties, many with audio. You may also enjoy exploring the Lowlands-L main site.

National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive
Use the search feature to specify whether you want full movies or clips, and to select only those with sound.

New Zealand English
Sound files of a native speaker of New Zealand English. Links on the left side of chart are to AIFF files; on the right, RealAudio files. Part of a larger site containing interesting supplementary information.

Oral History Association
Oral histories can be wonderful resources for the accent and dialect researcher. This links page, while not exhaustive, will lead you to many (mostly American) oral history collections. Not all will have audio or video, but many will.

Pittsburgh Speech & Society
A site devoted to Pittsburghese, including speech samples and podcasts.

Scots Language Centre/Centre for the Scots Leid
“The Scots Language Centre was founded to do everything possible to promote the Scots language. Our main aim is to give people that speak Scots the chance to learn more about their own language.” First-class source of online information, plus purchasing access to books, CDs, and so forth.

Scots-Online
“Pittin the Mither Tongue on the Wab” through some very helpful external and internal links.

Shetland ForWirds
Dialect map of the Shetland Islands of Scotland, where you can listen to local accents, plus other resources, such as the Shetland Dictionary.

Sound Comparisons
Accents of languages from around the world. Compare phonetic variation across geographical space, sociolinguistic context, and time. Not the most intuitively designed site, but definitely worth exploring.

Speech Accent Archive
George Mason University’s useful site includes downloadable sound files of speakers from around the world, each reading a brief sample paragraph in English. No unscripted speech samples. (Note that IPA transcription, where provided, is of variable accuracy.)

Story Corps
One of the largest oral history projects of its kind, creating a growing portrait of the American people.

Tejano Voices
Mexican-American oral history project at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Visual Accent Dialect Archive (VADA)
An archive of video clips from donors around the world, providing a central source of both aural and visual information about an accent or dialect in English.

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Anatomy & Physiology of the Larynx
Get Body Smart presents this handsomely designed collection of online tutorials and quizzes.

Gross Anatomy Resources
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences presents a links page for resources on gross anatomy, including these Anatomy Tables, detailing every bone and its structure, with precise medical descriptions.

Healthline Human Body Maps
Interactive visual search tool that allows users to explore the human body in 3-D. Rotates images 360°. Allows the user to search multiple layers of the human anatomy, view systems and organs down to their smallest parts.

Interactive Larynx
Columbia University has come up with a nifty web app for exploring larynges in detail.

Pharynx & Larynx
From Emory University’s Human Anatomy Course, well presented information on the pharynx and larynx, with many clear line drawings of the structures of the throat.

Skeleton Tutorials
Useful pictorial examination of the skeleton, including the skull, from Maricopa Community College.

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Amadeus Pro
Low-cost, fully featured, user-friendly multitrack editor for Macintosh.

Amazing Slow Downer
Amazing Slow Downer lets you change the speed of audio files without changing the pitch, and change the pitch independent of the speed. Mac, Windows, and iOS.

Audacity
Freeware open source software for recording and editing sounds. Mac, Windows, GNU/Linux, others.

AudioStretch
Lets you change the speed of audio files without changing the pitch, and change the pitch independent of the speed. Free "lite" version, inexpensive full version for iOS. Also offers free AudioStretch for Flash, usable online in a web browser.

Praat
Multi-functional program for speech analysis and synthesis. Available as freeware for many platforms. Complex, but homepage provides a handy link to a beginner’s manual.

Wavesurfer
Open Source tool for sound visualization and manipulation, designed for novice and advanced users; can be used as a stand-alone tool for a wide range of tasks in speech research and education. Typical applications include speech/sound analysis and sound annotation/transcription. Freeware for Mac OSX, Linux, and Windows.

 

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BookFinder
Excellent meta-search page; especially useful for used or out-of-print books. Searches major listings services and online book stores, combining the inventories of more than 80,000 booksellers. Partner sites include Abebooks, Alibris, Amazon, Barnes & Noble.com, BiblioDirect, Biblion, Global Book Mart, Half.com, Powell’s Books, and many others in North America and Europe.

BooksPrice
Meta-search site compares book prices at major online stores.

Chambal.com
Meta-search site compares new and used book prices at major online book stores.

Fetchbook
Meta-search site compares new and used book prices at 145 book stores, 60,000 sellers.

 

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Applause Theatre & Cinema Books
Stocks approximately 20,000 theatre books; also publishes several hundred titles of their own.

Broadway Play Publishing
Specializes in full-length, contemporary American plays; publishes some musicals and one-act plays. Also acts as the authors’ agent in the licensing of professional and amateur production rights to these plays in the US & Canada.

BSP Gallery Bookshop
Old and rare theatre books page.

Currency Press
Independent publisher of performing arts texts and other media. Theatre, music, and film & television catalogs, regularly updated, plus a collection of educational resources including study guides, speeches, and other materials.

Daedalus Books
Outstanding source for remaindered books, tapes, and CDs. Web selections updated almost daily. Print catalog updated monthly.

Dover Thrift Editions
Dover Publications offers affordably-priced print editions of works in the public domain.

Drama Book Shop
40,000 titles dealing with all aspects of performing arts from scripts to technical books, videos, labels, etc. Accepts orders from anywhere in world.

Dramatic Publishing
Theatrical publisher.

Dramatists Play Service
Publishes and licenses the work of new and established playwrights. You must enable cookies to use excellent PlayFinder feature.

Josef Weinberger Ltd.
Publisher and licenser specializing in music and theatre.

Music Theater International
Major dramatic licensing agency, specializing in Broadway, Off-Broadway & West End musicals. Particularly dedicated to the idea of theatre as education, supplies many support materials & resources.

Nick Hern Books
Theatre publishers and performing rights agents.

Oberon Books
Independent publisher specialising in theatre, drama and the performing arts.

Pioneer Drama Service
Publisher specialising in plays suitable for schools and young performers.

Playscripts, Inc.
Independent publisher of new plays.

Playwrights Canada Press
Canada’s oldest, largest, exclusive publisher of plays. Distributes own publications and unpublished titles available through Canadian Plays Catalogue. Canadian distributor for Icarus Press, Aurora Metro Publications, Nick Hern Books and the Theatre Communications Group.

Plural Publishing
Publisher of academic, scientific, and clinical books, journals, videos, and electronic and virtual media in speech-language pathology, audiology, and otolaryngology, as well as oncology, gastroenterology, pediatrics, and the neurosciences.

Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization
Administers and promotes entertainment copyrights through stage productions, orchestral and vocal performances, and music publishing. Exclusive owner of Rodgers & Hammerstein musical properties worldwide.

Samuel French
Theatrical publisher and bookseller. Plays, monologues, audition material, classroom guides, technical books, cast recordings, etc.

Smith and Kraus
Theatre book publishers, and creators of the Monologue Finder App.

Stageplays.com
Comprehensive catalog of plays in English. Click on "Browse by Genre" for synopses and basic casting requirements.

The Strand
Largest used-book store in the world.

Tams-Witmark Music Library
Licenses rights to perform complete, live stage performances of many Broadway musical shows to professional and amateur companies worldwide.

Theatre Communications Group
Publisher of Theater Profiles and other books and plays; distributor for other publishers from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Offers membership discount.

Theatrical Rights Worldwide
International licensing agency.

[See also Related Organizations Page]

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American Lung Association
Clear and useful site covering asthma, tobacco issues, and air quality, and featuring a Lung Disease A-Z. Includes links to state branches.

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists; speech-language pathologists; speech, language, and hearing scientists; audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel; and students. But you don’t have to be a member to take advantage of their superb blog, The ASHA Leader, and their publications at ASHA Wire.

British Voice Association
Charity established to encourage healthy voice, vocal skills, and communication in such areas as the performing arts, business and industry, medicine, and education.

Canadian Lung Association
Information in English and French on asthma, chronic lung disease, sleep apnea, tuberculosis, lung diseases A-Z, etc. Includes links to provincial lung associations.

Deutsche Gesellschaft fÙr Musikphysiologie und Musikermedizin e.V. (in German and English)
German Association on Physiology of Music and Performing Arts Medicine.

H.E.A.R.
"H.E.A.R.’s mission is the prevention of hearing loss and tinnitus among musicians and music fans (especially teens) through education awareness and grassroots outreach advocacy."

International Speech Communication Association
Formed “to promote Speech Communication Science and Technology, both in the industrial and Academic areas, covering all the aspects of Speech Communication (Acoustics, Phonetics, Phonology, Linguistics, Natural Language Processing, Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Science, Signal Processing, Pattern Recognition, etc.).”

Internet Institute of Speech and Hearing
“Aims to be the best source of information about the science and technology of speech and hearing. It is run by professionals with a long involvement in the field, both in terms of teaching and research.”

NIDCD: Voice, Speech & Language
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders maintains this health information page with links to several online publications of interest.

Pan-American Vocology Association
A membership driven group of voice professionals from all voice related vocations including Vocologists, SLP’s, ENT’s, Professional Singers, Voice Teachers, and Voice Therapists.

SIL International
"By facilitating language-based development, SIL International serves the peoples of the world through research, translation, and literacy."

Vocapedia
An information database brought to you by the National Association of Teachers of Singing.

Vocology Blogs
A page of six blogs for discussing various aspects of voice science. You may enjoy the entire Vocology site.

Vocal Process
“Vocal Process was established by Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher as a training resource for vocal practitioners. Our vision is to pioneer new techniques in vocal training and to foster an environment where existing techniques can improve and develop.” Their resource page includes such helpful features as “Your Questions Answered”, articles, and a links page.

Voice Care Network (UK)
"Charity set up ... to help and advise teachers on keeping their voices healthy and on communicating more effectively. We support and advise other professions who use their voices extensively in the course of their work."

VoiceCare Network (US)
VoiceCare gives courses in "lifespan voice education for choral conductors, music educators, church musicians, singing teachers, singers and speech pathologists."

[See also IPA Fonts Page]

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Graphical IPA Keypad
Click on an IPA symbol to generate graphic symbol code for use on a website.

IPA Keyboard for IOS
In this video, VASTAn Eric Armstrong outlines how to install an iOS Keyboard, and then demonstrates the use of three keyboards for entering symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA)—IPA Keyboard App, IPAChartApp, and Black Keys. VASTAn Michael J. Barnes adds that the Keyman keyboard will also work.

IPA Palette
Downloadable IPA Input Method (for Mac only).

IPA-SAM Phonetic Fonts
TrueType fonts that allow you to display phonetic symbols on the screen and print them out in any size. Instructions are for Windows-based systems only, and have not been updated since 2004. Use with caution.

i2Speak - Free Online Smart IPA Keyboard
Enter phonetic symbols using Roman alphabet, then search the web or post to social networks by clicking the appropriate button.

PhonPad character picker
Click on an IPA symbol to enter it in text box, then copy and paste to the site or document of your choice.

Phonverter
Online converter between IPA and SAMPA transcriptions. The transcription will automatically be converted from IPA into SAMPA or from SAMPA into IPA. You will then be able to copy the text and paste it elsewhere.

Rishida IPA character picker
Click on an IPA chart to enter symbols in text box, then copy and paste to the site or document of your choice.

SAMPA
SAMPA (Speech Assessment Methods Phonetic Alphabet) is a computer-readable phonetic alphabet, which uses ASCII characters to stand in for IPA symbols. Useful for transcription in a pinch, whenever Unicode phonetic fonts are not accessible on your electronic devices.

SIL Encore IPA Fonts
Download these useful freeware IPA fonts from SIL International. Keyboard translation programs available at the bottom of the page. For Mac and Windows.

Text2Phonetics
Text2Phonetics is an online application that converts short English texts into broad phonemic transcriptions using IPA. For RP or so-called General American.

TypeIt character picker
Click on an IPA symbol to enter it in text box, then copy and paste to the site or document of your choice.

Weston Ruter IPA character picker
Click on an IPA chart to enter symbols in text box, then copy and paste to the site or document of your choice.

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Ethnologue: Languages of the World
Comprehensive reference work published by SIL International, cataloging all of the world’s known living languages since 1951. Unlike The Language Gulper and Omniglot (both below), it does not include constructed or ancient languages in its scope.

How Language Works
Michael Gasser’s book on linguistics for beginners is available in its entirety on the Indiana University website.

The Language Gulper
The Language Gulper is a new language site that provides detailed descriptions of the main languages of the world in a clear, concise way. Unlike Omniglot (below) and Ethnologue (above), its scope is not only living languages but also ancient ones of historical or cultural importance.

 

The LINGUIST List
Dedicated to providing information on language and language analysis, and to providing the discipline of linguistics with the infrastructure necessary to function in the digital world.

Omniglot
Online encylopedia of writing systems & languages, with many useful extras, such as sound files and links to additional resources. Unlike The Language Gulper and Ethnologue (both above), it Includes not only living languages, but constructed languages, and constructed writing systems for languages both real and fictional.

Virtual Linguistics Campus
The world’s largest E-Learning platform in linguistics; with E-Lectures, class descriptions, screencasts, and more.

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Audientes Fortuna Iuvat (Good Fortune Helps Those Who Listen)
Want to hear readings of Reconstructed Classical Latin in an Irish accent? This is the source for you!

Ecclesiastical Latin Pronunciation
Simple guide to Ecclesiastical Latin pronunciation from CanticaNOVA Publications in West Virginia. Please note that there are variable traditions for Ecclesiastical Latin. You may want to check a few other sources as well.

Guide to the Pronunciation of Ecclesiastical Latin
Simple guide to Church Latin pronunciation by Michael W. Martin. Please note that there are variable traditions for Ecclesiastical Latin. You may want to check a few other sources as well.

Latin Pronunciation Demystified
Downloadable pocket guide to the four main types of Latin pronunciation in use today, by Michael Covington.

Latin Pronunciation Guide
Downloadable pocket guide to Ecclesiastical Latin pronunciation from Mysteria Lucis, the chapter of Lay Dominicans, or lay members of the Order of Preachers, based in Vancouver, B.C., at St. Mary’s Parish. Please note that there are variable traditions for Ecclesiastical Latin. You may want to check a few other sources as well.

Latin Pronunciation Guide
Downloadable pocket guide to Reconstructed Classical Latin pronunciation from the Texas Classical Association.

Omniglot Latin language (Lingua Latina)
A brief guide to both Reconstructed Classical and Ecclesiastical Latin pronunciation systems, with a few sound files and many links to additional resources.

Phonetica Latinae—How to Pronounce Latin
This resource focuses on Reconstructed Classical and Ecclesiastical pronunciation systems. As a bonus, it can also be read in Chinese.

Wheelock’s Latin
This link takes you to the pronunciation pages. If you decide to devote a few years to the study of Latin as a language, you’ll find much more to engage you in other parts of the site.

Scientific Latin

Botanical Latin Pronunciation Guide
Tom Fischer’s useful, though not exhaustive, guide to anglicized pronunciations of plant names. Also recommended: The same author’s How Do You Say That? A Guide to the Perversities of Botanical Latin.

Fine Gardening Pronunciation Guide
If you want to hear anglicized readings of plant names, this site may be just what you’re looking for.

Pronunciation of Biological Latin
A nutshell guide to anglicized pronunciations in common use.

Ancient Greek Tutorials Pronunciation Guide
Hear the alphabet, breathings, consonants, and vowels pronounced, in male and/or female voices. An alternate version of this site can be found here.

Classical Language Instruction Project
Princeton University hosts a collection of assured readings of Classical Latin and Greek texts.

Guide to Greek Pronunciation Conventions
A brief guide to the four main types of Greek pronunciation in use today, from the Institute of Biblical Greek. Includes this chart of scholarly variation in Erasmian pronunciation.

Society for the Oral Reading of Greek and Latin Literature
A brief guide to pronunciation of Restored Classical Greek, followed by access to recordings of classic texts. Also gives access to similar recordings in Latin.

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Bartleby.com
Use the search feature for directed or meta-searches of a wide variety of public domain reference works. Some complete public domain fiction and verse also available free online, plus an online book store.

Bibliomania: Reference
Fully searchable copies of some favorite language reference books, including dictionaries, books of quotations, synonyms, thesaurus, and literary sources.

British Library
One of the best libraries in the world. If you can’t visit in person, you can still ask the librarians for help.

Dictionary.com
Online access to a variety of dictionary definitions, thesauri, and much more.

Internet Public Library
"The IPL was a public service organization and learning/teaching environment at the University of Michigan School of Information. After 20 years of service, ipl2 is now closed permanently. You may continue using the ipl2 website. However, the site will no longer be updated, and no other services will be available."

Library of Congress
An American national treasure. Catalog of holdings, special exhibition pages, copyright registration and information, and more.

New York Public Library
Another American national treasure. The Library’s collections and services are available to the public, mostly free of charge (non-residents are charged an annual fee for a library card). Access to catalogs, some of the collections, and various electronic resources is available on line.

Oxford Dictionaries
Free online dictionary resource from Oxford University Press.

Project Gutenberg
More than 42,000 free ebooks; in epub, Kindle, and other formats, to download or read online.

Virtual Library - Theatre & Drama
Pointers to resources in more than 50 countries around the world, multi-cultural and multi-lingual. Visit the Virtual Library home page for resources in other disciplines.

 

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eNunciate
The University of British Columbia’s Introduction to Linguistics site provides IPA charts with ultrasound and animated illustrations of speech anatomy in action on pulmonic and non-pulmonic consonants, and vowels. There is also a link to pages explaining and illustrating the sound system of Japanese.

Glossonomia
Glossonomia, Conversations on the Sounds of Speech is a podcast by VASTANs Eric Armstrong and Phil Thompson. Each podcast they talk about a different speech sound.

Interactive Charts of the IPA
Superb resource designed by VASTAn Eric Armstrong and voiced by VASTAn Paul Meier, and accessible at either link. Includes Flash animated IPA charts (1996 version) plus diphthongs and triphthongs of Received Pronunciation and General American. Now available as an IOS app.

Interactive IPA Chart
From the UCLA Phonetics Lab Archive; voiced by Peter Isotalo.

The International Phonetic Alphabet in Black Print and in Braille. Claude Chaunier authored this useful page, as well as its companion, Phonetic Transcription of French / Transcription phonétique du français.

International Phonetic Association
The IPA is the major as well as the oldest representative organisation for phoneticians. The aim of the IPA is to promote the scientific study of phonetics and the various practical applications of that science. In furtherance of this aim, the IPA provides the academic community world-wide with a notational standard for the phonetic representation of all languages—the International Phonetic Alphabet (also IPA).

Phonetics Flash Animation Project
This University of Iowa site links to web apps demonstrating sounds of American English, German, and Spanish. Includes animated articulatory diagrams, step-by-step descriptions, and audio-video illustrations of sounds spoken in context, plus an interactive diagram of the articulatory anatomy. Also offers Android and IOS apps for the sounds of American English.

Phonétique et Phonologie: Documents de travail
Vue en coupe des organes phonatoires; Schéma des points d’articulation; Articulation des consonnes du français standard; Système phonologique des voyelles du français; Le Système phonologique; Alphabet Phonétique International (API): transcription des sons du français. You don’t need more than a rudimentary knowledge of French to reap some benefit from the links on this page, especially the IPA (API) vowel (voyelle) and consonant (consonne) charts.

Seeing Speech
An articulatory web resource for the study of Phonetics from the University of Glasgow. This link takes you to the animated pulmonic consonant chart; use the pull-down menus to select other IPA charts, plus your choice of animation, MRI, and ultrasound videos of each speech sound.

Sounds of the IPA
Order page for CD or cassette demonstrating all the sounds in the exact order in which they are shown on the current IPA Chart. Spoken by John Wells, Professor of Phonetics at University College London, and Jill House, Senior Lecturer in Phonetics at UCL.

Speech Internet Dictionary
Concise definitions of technical terms used in phonetics, phonology, speech and hearing science and allied disciplines. Examples, illustrations, sound clips, and references.

University of Victoria Department of Linguistics
Offers a variety of free resources, such as this Multimedia IPA Chart, IPA Handbook audio files, and an excellent IOS app.

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Inter-Play
"An on-line index to plays in collections, anthologies and periodicals"© ... in a variety of languages. Separately-published plays are not included as these can be located through local library catalogs. Contains approximately 17,647 citations.

Irish Playography / Playography na Gaeilge
Comprehensive databases of new Irish plays produced professionally in English since 1904, in Irish since 1901.

Playscripts
Click on Find a Play to search a database including author, title, and publisher information for plays and musicals licensed by many of the major publishers listed above, plus others.

[See also Latin & Greek]

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You can find online pronunciation guides of varying reliability for nearly every world language (living, dead, or fictional conlang), and for many specialized areas (watches, whiskies, what you will). When in doubt, consult an offline pronunciation dictionary, native speaker, or specialist. Below is a small selection that strike your editor as interesting and useful.

ABC Book
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, provides a pronunciation guide to commercial names.

Astronomy Pronunciation Guide
Starry Night Education provides an audio pronunciation guide (supplemented with fauxnetics) for 500 astronomical objects.

Author Name Pronunciation Guide
Hear it from the horse’s mouth! A collection of brief recordings of authors and illustrators saying their own names.

Bible Words Phonetic Pronunciation
American pronunciations are given in fauxnetics; click on a pilcrow (¶) for audio.

Biblical Words Pronunciation Guide
American pronunciations are given in fauxnetics; on most browsers the audio should play automatically.

Encyclopedia Mythica pronunciation guide
Designed primarily for English speakers, a guide to the pronunciation of names in world mythologies. It’s well worth exploring other sections if you are not already familiar with this site.

Forvo
Crowd-sourced native-speaker pronunciation guide for hundreds of the world’s languages. (It’s a good idea to verify pronunciations using other sources when possible, as this site is not monitored by linguists. Nevertheless, it’s a treasure.)

German Pronunciation of Names
Audio guide to pronuncing German names, by a native speaker of Hochdeutsch from Schleswig-Holstein/Northern Germany.

Operas and Composers: A Pronunciation Guide
Musicologist Patricia Gray prepared this useful list of non-anglicized audio pronunciations by Professors Shira Malkin, Angela Mutzi, Sabine Schmidt, and Alexandra Kostina of the Rhodes College Foreign Languages and Literatures Department.

Pro•nounce
The Voice of America’s pronunciation guide has helped people around the world pronounce names in the news since 2000.

Pronouncing Dictionary of the Supreme Court of the United States
The purpose of this guide is to help lawyers, judges, teachers, students, and journalists correctly pronounce case names. Useful if your client fits any of the aforementioned categories, or is cast as someone who does.

Say How?
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS), Library of Congress, provides a pronunciation guide to names of public figures.

You Say it How?
Wolfner Reader Services provides an audio-enhanced version of Say How (see above).

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Accent Help
Downloadable instruction materials for accents, dialects, and “accent reduction” by Kate DeVore and Jim Johnson.

Being in Voice Warmup App
Versatile warmup app for IOS by Flloyd Kennedy.

Classically Speaking
Patricia Fletcher guides actors in developing Neutral American, Classical American, Mid-Atlantic and Standard British accents. Includes audio download link.

Dialect Accent Specialists, Inc.
Audio and video instruction materials for accents, dialects, accent reduction, and voice improvement by David Alan Stern.

DialectResource.com
Audio instruction materials for accents and dialects by Gillian Lane-Plescia. Also custom materials and research assistance.

Everyday Voice Care: The Lifestyle Guide for Singers and Talkers
Speech-Language Pathologist Joanna Cazden brings together a wealth of practical tips and advice to help readers keep their voices in top working order.

Paul Meier Dialect Services
Audio instruction materials for accents, dialects, and accent reduction by Paul Meier. Also custom materials and instruction services.

Speaking with Skill: An Introduction to Knight-Thompson Speechwork
Dudley Knight’s final publication gives speakers ownership of a variety of speech skills and the ability to explore unlimited varieties of speech actions, without imposing a single, unvarying pattern of “good speech.” Book with audio DVD.

Vocal Process
Vocal Process was established by Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher as a training resource for vocal practitioners. Books, CDs, and downloadable videos.

Voice: Onstage and Off
A comprehensive guide to the process of building, mastering, and fine-tuning the voice for performance, by Robert Barton and Rocco dal Vera.

The Voice Book: Caring For, Protecting, and Improving Your Voice
Speech Pathologists Kate DeVore and Starr Cookman provide simple explanations of vocal anatomy, up-to-date instruction for injury prevention, and easy-to-follow vocal-strengthening exercises.

Voice and Speech Training.com
Print and audio instruction materials for accents, accent reduction, and S drills by Ginny Kopf.