For all OP fans, check out David Barrett’s publications on Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation (OP) on his website. David very graciously contributed to my own Early Modern English: Pronunciation and OP on the Modern Stage, published in the Cambridge World Shakespeare Encyclopedia: ISBN: 9781107057258. Congratulations, David!
Please listen to my recent interview on accents and dialects with the BBC World Service at this link. My short segment begins at 17:37 , but there are several other interesting pieces in the show on accents from Scotland, Texas, India, and New Zealand. I was particularly pleased that they focused on the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA), which I founded 20 years ago, and chose to test the interviewer’s skill in accent detection by playing a recording from an old friend of mine from The Rose Bruford drama school in London, where we both trained. See if you can identify his accent as you listen.
Congratulations to Dev Patel for winning the BAFTA for best supporting actor for Lion! I worked with Dev on About Cherry, back in 2011.
Elizabeth Montoya-Stemann was a constant source of help when I was writing and recording my Jamaican Dialect last year. One of her students, Lemar Archer, contributed recordings of both The Lord’s Prayer and a speech from Julius Caesar in Jamaican Patwa. Elizabeth is IDEA’s Associate Editor for Jamaica, contributing many of the samples I cite in the book. She’s pictured here holding a copy of the book, which I recently donated to the library at the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts in Kingston, Jamaica, where Elizabeth is a lecturer. Many thanks, Elizabeth! (Click here for more information about the book/ebook.)