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Accents & Dialects

[Updated March 29, 2020]

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
Membership organization. “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.”

Appalachian English
University of South Carolina College of Arts and Sciences hosts this site devoted to the speech of one of the country's most interesting but most often misunderstood regions—southern and central Appalachia, which stretches from north Georgia to West Virginia. Curated by Michael Montgomery and Paul Reed.

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 too expensive for anyone lacking a large institutional budget. [As of March 28, 2020, the de Gruyter Mouton website has a notice reading "Atlas of North American English is currently unavailable. We're doing our best to resolve the issue. We apologize for the inconvenience."]

Aye Can Speak Scots
Audio samples of people speaking Scots in their regional dialects. Top tip: Mouse over the names of speakers to get to the live links. Clicking on the triangular "play/forward" icon doesn't work.

British English Vowel Chart
VASTA member Luke Nicholson has put together a brilliant comparison of vowel sounds as notated in several popular dictionaries, with examples of differences between older RP and current "Standard"Southern British English. Designed for English language learners, but useful for dialect coaches, too. Confused by the chart? Don't give up, scroll down and read the excellent FAQ. The FAQ for the accompanying British English Consonant Chart is also helpful.

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. The Google maps don't work, but you can find the statistical result data by clicking here. Pinterest Page
Massive collection of online resources for dialect coaches, edited by VASTA’s very own Pamela Vanderway.

Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE) Fieldwork Recordings
“The Fieldwork Recordings are finally available online approximately fifty years after the recordings were first made. The recordings contain American regional speech samples from all fifty states, but their value is not linguistic alone. The full interviews contain an abundance of oral history from the 1960s … It is truly a time capsule of American voices.”

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 [requires Flash to run]
Es una biblioteca audiovisual que usa muestras de habla de una amplia variedad de hablantes nativos para documentar los patrones más representativos de la pronunciación del español moderno. (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.

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.

Linguistic Atlas of Kansas German Dialects
A rich repository of information, maps, and sound files of German as it was/is spoken in Kansas, hosted by Kansas University.

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.

Mothers of Modern Ireland
Mothers of Modern Ireland is a digital archive containing a hundred years of Irish history as told by 32 mothers—one from each county.

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 will download 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.

Recovery Audio
Some 14,000 Alcoholics Anonymous recordings from a few hundred different AA Speakers. You can search by location to find speakers from the area you want to study.

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.

“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.) [The search feature was disabled in 2019, but you can still browse by language.]

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.

Texas German Dialect Project
An umbrella organization for carrying out research in representative Texas German speech communities in central Texas. It is housed in the Department of Germanic Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. Requires registration and log-in to access the recording archive.

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.

Voices of Oklahoma
Oral histories of Oklahoma and Oklahomans.

Voces Oral History Project
This Texas-based project records, preserves and distributes free of charge U.S. Latina and Latino oral histories that otherwise would go untold and forgotten. Learn more here.

WAAPA Audio Collection
“This collection of audio files from speakers around the world have been recorded by the Acting and Music Theatre students at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.” Not a large collection, but a rich one.

Yorkshire Historical Dictionary
A collection of over 4,000 words, tracking the development of regional language in Yorkshire.

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[See also Health & Science: Voice, Speech & Language, Hearing]

[Updated March 28, 2020]

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 [requires Flash]
Columbia University has come up with a nifty web app for exploring larynges in detail.

Merck Manual—Breathing Dynamics
Interactive model showing how the ribcage and diaphragm move during breathing.


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Audio Software

[Updated March 28, 2020]

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.

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

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 and Android.

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.

WASP—Waveform, Spectrogram & Pitch
Online audio analysis tool.

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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Book Stores, Publishers, & Licensing Organizations

[Updated March 28, 2020]

Applause Theatre & Cinema Books and Limelight Editions are now available via Rowman & Littlefield.

Broadway Play Publishing
US-based theatrical publisher 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
Australia-based old and rare theatre books site.

Concord Theatricals
Current owner of Rodgers & Hammerstein, Samuel French, Tams-Witmark, and The Musical Company.

Currency Press
Australia’s foremost publisher of the performing arts and its oldest active independent publisher.

Daedalus Books
US-based seller of remaindered books, and overstock CDs and DVDs.

Dover Thrift Editions
US-based company 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. The original physical store in Manhattan's Theatre District closed, and mail orders were suspended as of Jan. 18, 2018. A relaunch was projected for March 2020 at a new location, but has apparently been postponed.

Dramatic Publishing
US-based theatrical publisher.

Dramatists Play Service
US-based company publishes and licenses the work of new and established playwrights. You must enable cookies to use excellent PlayFinder feature.

Hal Leonard Books
Provides tools and resources for learning, teaching, creating, and making music.

Josef Weinberger Ltd.
London-based publisher and licenser specializing in music and theatre. Follow the links for sister sites in Vienna and Frankfurt.

Music Theater International
US-based 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
UK-based theatre publishers and performing rights agents. Titles distributed internationally through publishing associates: Theatre Communications Group in the USA, Currency Press in Australia and Playwrights Canada Press in Canada (which see).

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

Pioneer Drama Service
US-based publisher specialising in plays suitable for schools and young performers.

Playscripts, Inc.
US-based 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. Contact information for US, UK, and Australia/New Zealand.

Smith and Kraus
Theatre book publishers.
"Stageplays offers you the largest collection of Plays & Musicals in the world. Based in the UK and the USA, we’ve been serving the online theater community since the last century."

Theatre Communications Group
US-based 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.

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Health & Science: Voice, Speech & Language, Hearing

[See also Related Organizations Page]

[Updated March 28, 2020]

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.
This organization, based in Mainz, works exclusively and directly as a non-profit association, and co-operates closely with international organizations dedicated to musicians’ medicine. Currently in German only; the English version of the site appears to have been discontinued.

“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
“The purpose of ISCA is to promote, in an international world-wide context, activities and exchanges in all fields related to speech communication science and technology. The association is aimed at all persons and institutions interested in fundamental research and technological development that aims at describing, explaining and reproducing the various aspects of human communication by speech, that is, without assuming this enumeration to be exhaustive, phonetics, linguistics, computer speech recognition and synthesis, speech compression, speaker recognition, aids to medical diagnosis of voice pathologies.”

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
“The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders is one of the institutes and centers that comprise the [US] National Institutes of Health (NIH). … NIDCD is mandated to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. The institute also conducts and supports research and research training related to disease prevention and health promotion; addresses special biomedical and behavioral problems associated with people who have communication impairments or disorders; and supports efforts to create devices which substitute for lost and impaired sensory and communication function.”

Pan-American Vocology Association
A membership driven group of voice professionals from all voice related vocations including Vocologists, SLPs, ENTs, 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.”

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. Part of the larger Voice Science Works.

VoiceCare Network
“The VoiceCare Network is an educational, non-profit corporation in the State of Minnesota … The Network is aided by an 11-member professional Board of Advisors who represent the areas of Voice and Voice Science, Voice Medicine, Child Voices, Adolescent Voices, Music Education, Choral Conducting, and the Neuropsychobiology of Learning.”

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IPA Fonts & Input Helpers

[See also IPA Fonts Page]

[Updated March 28, 2020]

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).

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.

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.

A suite of free tools to help save time in IPA transcription. It provides automatic phonemic transcriptions for RP and so-called General American, and a variety of other functions including a downloadable desktop program for Windows only.

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 (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.

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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Languages & Linguistics

[Updated March 29, 2020]

Glosbe—the multilingual online dictionary
Free dictionaries for a plethora of world languages, with translation services for many of them.

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

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 is an encyclopedia of writing systems and languages. You can use it to learn about languages, to learn alphabets and other writing systems, and to learn phrases in many languages. There is also advice on how to learn languages. Unlike The Language Gulper (above), it Includes not only living languages, but constructed languages, and constructed writing systems for languages both real and fictional.

Virtual Linguistics Campus
Video channel with hundreds of educational videos, which are interconnected with the E-Learning units on the Virtual Linguistics Campus, hosted by Marburg University, Germany.

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Latin & Greek

[See also Pronunciation Guides]

[Updated March 28, 2020]

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.

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.

Attic Greek Pronunciation Guide
Includes streaming audio.

A Brief Guide to Ancient Greek Pronunciation
Text guidance only.

The Sound of Ancient Greek
Hear ancient Greek texts in downloadable RealAudio files.

Scientific 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.

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Libraries & Reference Works

[Updated March 28, 2020]’s mission is to provide its patrons with free access to the most comprehensive selection of reference, verse, fiction and nonfiction works on the web.

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.

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 English Dictionary
The OED is widely regarded as the accepted authority on the English language. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of 600,000 words— past and present—from across the English-speaking world. Access is available by subscription or library membership.

Project Gutenberg
Over 60,000 free eBooks. Free epub and Kindle eBooks, to download or read online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.

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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Phonetics & Phonetic Notation

[Updated March 28, 2020]

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, Conversations on the Sounds of Speech is a podcast by VASTANs Eric Armstrong and Phil Thompson. In each episode they talk about a different speech sound (or set of sounds). While there have been no new episodes since April 2014, there are 44 completed episodes to listen to.

Interactive Charts of the IPA [requires Flash]
Superb resource designed by VASTAn Eric Armstrong and voiced by VASTAn Paul Meier, and accessible at either link. Includes animated IPA charts (1996 version) plus diphthongs and triphthongs of Received Pronunciation and General American. Paul Meier also offers apps for IOS and Android.

Interactive IPA Chart
From Cambridge University Press.

Interactive IPA Chart
From the UCLA Phonetics Lab Archive. Works on most tablets and smartphones, too!

The International Phonetic Alphabet in Black Print and in Braille. Claude Chaunier authored this incomplete but still useful page, as well as its companion, Phonetic Transcription of French.

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).

International Phonetic Association Interactive IPA Chart
The most up-to-date version of the official IPA chart, dated 2018.

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.
Non-francophones: 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.

Sounds of Speech [requires Flash]
This University of Iowa page offers web apps demonstrating sounds of American English, Spanish, and German. These include 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 offered are the Sounds of English as IOS and Android apps.

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 free resources, such as this Multimedia IPA Chart and a superb IOS app.

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Play-Search Databases

[Updated March 28, 2020]

“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.

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.

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Pronunciation Guides

[See also Latin & Greek]

[Updated March 28, 2020]

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.

Biblical Words Pronunciation Guide
American pronunciations are given in fauxnetics; click on a word to hear it (on most browsers the audio should play automatically on click).

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 Standarddeutsch from Schleswig-Holstein/Northern Germany.

Merck Manual Audio Pronunciation Guide
A consumer guide to pronunciation of pharmaceutical names and medical terms.

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.

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 Talking Book and Braille Library in Missouri provides an audio-enhanced version of Say How (see above).

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VASTA Member Publications

[Updated March 28, 2020]

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

Actor Training the Laban Way: An Integrated Approach to Voice, Speech, and Movement
Barbara Adrian’s book is “packed with practical exercises for individuals, partners, and group work, [and] integrates voice, speech, and movement.”

Arthur Lessac’s Embodied Actor Training
Melissa Hurt details how Lessac's voice and body work creates a solid foundation for embodied actor training based on sensorial awareness.

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.
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.

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