In 1999, Steven Weinberger, faculty member in the Department of English and director of the Linguistics Program, developed the Speech Accent Archive, an online database of accents from around the world.
The 3 October issue of The New Yorker magazine includes a piece by John Colapinto that describes how brand names are created. In it, he notes how brand-naming firm Lexicon includes linguists in its formula for success.
Human listeners can immediately notice if someone has an accent different from their own. But now, new research suggests that when we listen to talkers, our brain processes native and non-native accents quite differently.