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American Varieties

Where is the Speaker From?

Try this regional dialect quiz!

In this exercise devised by Drs. Cynthia G. Clopper and David B. Pisoni you are to guess where the speaker comes from. Listen to these twelve audio samples. Match them to the area of the country that you think the speaker is from. When you're finished, you can compare your results against the correct answers.

Acoustic research such as that conducted by Clopper and Pisoni is used for a variety of purposes including the development of computer speech understanding systems and strategies for working with the hearing impaired.

For more information visit: The Nationwide Speech Project.

Sponsored by:

National Endowment for the Humanities Hewlett Foundation Ford Foundation   Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Carnegie Corporation

National Endowment
for the Humanities

William and Flora Hewlett


Rosalind P.

Arthur Vining
Davis Foundations

Corporation of New York