Audiovisual Tour of the Accents of the British Isles

Although they’ve gotten better, I’ve often had difficulty using products that employ speech recognition – perhaps due to my Irish accent. Dealing with accents programmatically has to be a daunting task given just how many accents there are out there. This short clip below shows just some of the accents in the British Isles alone.

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I ain’t got no accent…

The speech accent archive from George Mason University looks like a fantastic resource for linguists and speech recognition software developers alike. Samples of speech by a large selection of native and non-native English speakers are available, searchable by language/speaker or by geographical location. The speech accent archive is established to uniformly exhibit a large set

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