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The George Mason University archive of speech accents is a tool for linguists, speech pathologists, phoneticians, engineers who train speech recognition machines, and even interested laypeople. Volunteers who are native English speakers and non-native speakers were asked to read an elicitation paragraph in English that "uses common English words, but contains a variety of difficult English sounds and sound sequences." Visitors will quickly have the paragraph memorized while exploring different accents. There are several ways for visitors to find accents to listen to, one of which is by clicking on a map of the world, labeled "atlas/regions", or by language, labeled "language/speakers". Once visitors have chosen a region or language, the gender, and birthplace of the speaker will appear. Age and other data, such as "other languages" and "age of English onset", are provided to visitors when the link to a speaker is chosen. The "Generalizations" section contains "general rules that describe a speaker's accent", and they are based on General American English (GAE).
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