Accent on/in roboticness

A recent study at the Delft University of Technology, in The Netherlands, determined that in some cases, some people would prefer that service robots are not talkative [see: The agreeableness of robotic vacuum cleaners]. If they were to be, however, what kind of accent should they have? Dr. Elizabeth Broadbent and colleagues at the University […]

Please call Stella

Hear the phrase “Please call Stella” spoken by natives of Brooklyn, New York, USA, Khabarovsk, Russia, Edinburgh, Scotland, and many other places. George Mason University’s Speech Accent Archive has recordings of: a large set of speech samples from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English read the same paragraph and are […]