Just one day remains for the special sale on the iTunes ebook version of Paul’s Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen. The $59.99 price will revert to its usual $99.99 tomorrow (September 5). The iTunes ebook features all 24 accents and dialects contained in the print book plus all the sound files found on the CDs. And the ebook version contains an additional dialect: Jamaican. Although we intend to offer sales on this and other products in the future, this is the LAST time we will be able to offer ADSS at this low price. Click here or simply search your iTunes iBooks store for Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen.
If you’re in Europe (and especially England), we have good news for you. As you probably know, many non-European businesses were booted off Amazon.co.uk earlier this year by mistake because of new European tax legislation. But the issues have been resolved, and we are now again able to sell on Amazon.co.uk! Ordering through that site is by far the cheapest option if you want to purchase the four print/CD products that we sell there: Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen, Dialects of the British Isles and Ireland, The Standard British English Dialect, and The General American Dialect. Though you can purchase those items from this site directly and also through Amazon.com, buying them on Amazon.co.uk will save you lots of money and time in shipping. Thanks again for your patience while we resolved this issue.
Please keep in mind that these products are also available as both Windows/Mac ebooks and iTunes ebooks. And, of course, if you order them in that format, you get them immediately and without having to pay shipping. For all the products we offer, see our main product page.
Paul’s latest In a Manner of Speaking podcast is now online on the main podcast page. September’s edition is all about phonetics and the weird way words are spelled in the English language. If you haven’t yet subscribed to the podcast, via RSS feed, you can do so by clicking “subscribe” in the widget on the right. The podcast is also available on iTunes.
This podcast also features a PDF transcript. We highly recommend downloading that, so you can follow the phonetics. It is available here.
To benefit college students starting their fall semester, we’re running a special sale on the iTunes ebook version of Paul’s Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen, which features all 24 accents and dialects contained in the print book plus all the sound files found on the CDs. And the ebook version contains an additional dialect: Jamaican. It’s 40 percent off, which brings the price from $99.99 down to $59.99. Although we intend to offer sales on this and other products in the future, this is the LAST time we will be able to offer ADSS at this low price. The sale runs through September 5. Click here or simply search your iTunes iBooks store for Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen.
Check out Paul’s latest “In a Manner of Speaking” podcast, which talks about the names we give our children. You can find it and all of Paul’s previous podcasts here.
If you missed “My Journey to Now,” Paul’s article last December in The Voice and Speech Review in which he recounted his life’s journey, check it out here. In it, Paul recounts, among other things, his early experiences with the BBC, his passion for Shakespeare and his founding of the International Dialects of English Archive.
The July edition of Paul’s “In a Manner of Speaking” podcast has just been released, and it’s all about IDEA! Specifically, the podcast celebrates the 20th anniversary of the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA), which Paul founded back in the summer of 1998. Check it out on the main podcast page, or on the individual episode page. And don’t forget to subscribe. (If you previously subscribed to the RSS feed, please be advised that we upgraded the feed. So we strongly suggest deleting your old feed and subscribing to the new one to avoid broken links. You can also now link the podcast to your iTunes.)
Paul’s new In a Manner of Speaking podcast for the month of June has just been posted. This month Paul welcomes David Crystal, one of the world’s most famous linguists and the leader of the modern movement we call OP: Original Pronunciation of Shakespeare’s works. David explains the fascinating linguistic subfield called Pragmatics. Click here to listen to it on the main podcast page. An RSS feed is also available.
Paul’s latest podcast has just been posted! And an RSS feed is now available. This month’s “In a Manner of Speaking” addresses newscasting and broadcast journalism.
Regardless of which version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol your theatre is staging, Paul can help! His unique and comprehensive dialect study includes a reading of Dickens’ entire novella (divided into five sound files, one for each stave), plus in-depth dialect analysis of all 36 speaking characters. For $349, your entire cast have access to more than 40 streaming-audio files for the duration of your rehearsals and performances. Click here for details and to listen to free examples of Paul’s recordings.
New York City’s famous Drama Book Shop is turning 100 years old next month. If you’re in New York on October 2, check out their open-house centennial celebration. It will run from 2 to 10 p.m. and will include special guests, performances, and refreshments.
The store is located at 250 West 40th Street, #1, and has been offering theatre and film scripts and other performance-related titles since 1917. Drama Book Shop has carried Paul Meier Dialect Services products for years. (We’re very grateful!)
To celebrate Independence Day, Paul is offering his six American dialects at HALF PRICE from July 3 through July 7. The Windows/Mac ebooks and print book/CD versions of General American, South Boston, New York, American Southern, Deep South, and Downeast New England are all just $12.45 instead of the usual $24.95. (Postage still applies for the print book/CD versions.) And Paul’s ebook package, Dialects of the United States, is selling for $24.95 instead of its usual $49.95. (That is available as an ebook only, not in print/CD.)
Please note that this sale is for items on PaulMeier.com only, NOT on the iPhone/iPad/iPodtouch versions sold on iTunes. Also please note that the ebook versions sold on this site are compatible with Windows and Mac systems but NOT with Apple mobile devices.
Go to All Accents & Dialects and browse the products, taking note of the green “sale” sticker.
Happy Fourth of July!
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.
If you’d thought about purchasing one of Paul’s dialect/accent products but wanted to browse the product before buying to make sure it was right for you, you’re now in luck! We’ve just added free video previews to individual product pages. To see one for Scottish, for example, click here.
Most of the products now have their own video, and we’ll be working over the next few days to add videos for all the rest. The videos walk you through the Windows/Mac ebook versions, but they are useful even if you’re thinking of buying the print book (with CD) or the iTunes version, as the material is essentially the same regardless of format.
Paul is happy to announce two new iTunes ebooks. Dialects of the British Isles and Ireland, which was previously available only as a print book with CDs, is now for sale on iTunes for $49.99. That’s the same price as the print book, but without the shipping cost and wait. It contains nine dialects of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The second ebook, Dialects of the United States, was previously available only as a Windows/Mac ebook. It’s now also for sale on iTunes for $49.99. It contains six American dialects.
The ebooks are compatible with Mac computers and also Apple mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. They open in iBooks. For a full description of the products (and to access the iTunes links), click the links above. Or simply search your iTunes library for the titles. And keep in mind iTunes offers free downloadable previews of both ebooks. (Also remember that Paul is offering his Hampshire iTunes ebook for FREE for the rest of February.)
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.)
We’re happy to announce that Paul’s Hampshire Dialect iTunes ebook is FREE for the entire month of February. We strongly suggest downloading this ebook and keeping it in your iTunes library even if you don’t intend to master the Hampshire dialect, as the ebook provides great insight into all of Paul’s dialect and accent material. And because Paul grew up in Hampshire, in southern England, this dialect is particularly meaningful to him. (You might notice that in addition to possessing a colorful, charming, rural sound, the Hampshire dialect is the inspiration for the modern, movie “pirate” dialect, which arguably was introduced by British actor Robert Newton in Walt Disney’s Treasure Island, in 1950.) Click here to download, or just search for “The Hampshire Dialect” in your iTunes store. This ebook is compatible with iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, and also Mac computers, but not Windows computers. (Click here for the Windows version, which is available for its regular price of $24.95.)
Just in time for the holidays, we’re proud to announce that Paul’s Italian Accent instructional manual is now available as an iTunes ebook, compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Mac, for $24.95. Click here. It had previously been available only as a Windows/Mac ebook and as a hard-copy book with CD. (It’s still available in those formats, here.)
We have some exciting news that we’ve been waiting a long time to announce: We’re finally able to offer Paul’s signature product, Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen, in iTunes ebook format! It’s compatible with Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. And even better: Now through December 31, both the ebook and the print book (with CDs) are 30 percent off. That’s $69.99 instead of the usual $99.95. Go to https://www.paulmeier.com/…/accents-and-dialects-for-stage-…/ for details and to take advantage of the holiday sale on the print book. Or go directly to https://itunes.apple.com/…/accents-dialects-f…/id1181641700… for the ebook (or simply search the iTunes store for the book title). Happy holidays!