Information for Instructors


Assistant Professor of Theatre Lisa Bohn's class at Arkansas State University poses with their books.
Assistant Professor of Theatre Lisa Bohn’s students at Arkansas State University pose with their books. Seated, from left, are Tyler Gillespie, Brooke Thomas, Luis Chavez, Clint Stevens and Jaelyn Epps. Standing are Mike Reagan, Matthew Stewart, Betsy Hegger, Morgan Carvell and Josh Donner.

Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen is used in drama schools, conservatories, and university theatre departments around the world as a leading textbook in dialect instruction for actors. And the good news is we’ve just launched Paul’s new Deluxe Streaming Edition. Because this new book is superior to our past products (with three new dialects, and sound files delivered as streaming files rather than on CD), this is now the product we are recommending for all instructors and students. And it’s less expensive than previous versions!

If you wish to preview this book, we invite you to take a look at the iTunes ebook (Apple Book) version at this link. However, please keep in mind this iTunes ebook version does not currently contain the Birmingham and Estuary dialects (which are found only in the Deluxe Streaming Edition of the printed book.) If you do not have an Apple device, e-mail Paul for details on other ways to preview the book.

The list price is $74.95, but a 15% academic discount is available on orders of five or more copies placed via an institutional purchase order (usually either from your campus bookstore or your department). If ordered directly by the instructor (or his or her proxy) and pre-paid, the same discount is offered. This allows the instructor to pass along the discount to the students, making the per-copy cost (for five or more copies) $63.75 plus shipping. A free instructor’s copy is included whichever ordering method is selected.  Your order will arrive as a single shipment to your specified shipping address.

Again, we highly recommend the new Deluxe Streaming Edition of the printed book. However, we realize you or your students might prefer the iTunes ebook (though it currently contains two fewer dialects than the Deluxe Streaming Edition). But please remember that because the ebook is sold directly through iTunes, we are not able to offer academic discounts. (We also still offer the original CD version of Accents & Dialects for Stage and Screen, but we are no longer recommending this product for students because it contains three fewer dialects than the new book, and not all students have CD players.)

The book is best used in conjunction with the International Dialects of English Archive (IDEA), which Paul founded in 1998, and where recordings by native speakers of all the dialects and accents in the book can be heard. IDEA is also published in a format compatible with mobile devices, making it easy for students to access the files in class that way.

Many dialect instructors include dialect-gathering as a class activity. (The students find dialect speakers, record them, analyze their speech, and create monologues based on the interviews.) Some instructors, particularly if they are also associate editors of IDEA, use this activity to create additional recordings for the archive. Your creation and submission of recordings that may be useful to other dialect researchers and students would be most welcome. Please see Becoming an Editor for details on this research and publishing opportunity.

Another powerful addition to Paul’s instructional services are the interactive charts of the International Phonetic Association. The graphics were designed by Professor Eric Armstrong of the University of York in Toronto, while Paul voiced all the sounds. You will find the charts on the IPA demo page (where you may order them in CD-ROM version, or as an iOS or Android app.)