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'Please Call Stella': The Speech Accent Archive, From Afrikaans to Zulu

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GMU's Steven Weinberger started the Speech Accent Archive, the world's largest online database of speech accents. He says "there's no such thing as a bad accent."
Rebecca Sheir
GMU's Steven Weinberger started the Speech Accent Archive, the world's largest online database of speech accents. He says "there's no such thing as a bad accent."

Want to hear how someone speaks English with an Amazigh accent? How about Kikongo? Or Mortlockese? George Mason University maintains the world's largest online database of English accents. Rebecca Sheir interviews the Speech Accent Archive's founder about where it started, where it's going (hint: iPhone app!), and why it can help everyone from ESL teachers to actors.

[Music: "Stella By Starlight" by Tony Bennett from 40 Years: The Artistry of Tony Bennett]

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