On-line survey of British speech; and PBS series "Do you speak American?"

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Tue Jan 25 16:27:56 UTC 2005

Here are a couple of websites that look at different varieties of English.
One is a BBC site:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/voices/ where you are asked to
help create a "build a picture of the words we use across the British
Isles."  This is quite a departure from the old-style BBC, which only had
announcers using 'RP' style English.

Secondly, the PBS series "Do you speak American?" with its website at

This series has been widely criticized for not being very scholarly or
scientific, and perpetuating old stereotypes, but still there are
interesting things to see and hear on it.


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