Welcome to MEDEA!

What is MEDEA?

MEDEA is the accents and dialects resource from the Centre for Voice in Performance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Our unique identity as a world leading Performing Arts Institution attracts students from all over the globe allowing us to record a huge range of accents and dialects of English as they are currently spoken. MEDEA is a living document and our database will continue to grow with new recordings added on a regular basis – everything from Latvia to Liverpool, Belfast to Barcelona and beyond!

Why is MEDEA different?

This living archive is designed to complement existing web-sites such as www.dialectsarchive.com  but also introduces several new features.

Conversations allows you to hear dialogue between accents that often get confused : Australia and New Zealand, Edinburgh and Glasgow, Canada and General American, for example. The speakers in these conversations talk about  how they recognise the differences to help you ensure you have the right sound shifts as you develop and embody the new dialect for yourself.

Dialects in Performance contains visual recordings of contemporary monologues that have been written in specific accents. Grateful thanks go to the many playwrites who have so generously donated their writing in support of this project.

Standard English RP or not RP- that is the question!. Here we house samples of Received Pronunciation .

Research  contains a digest of articles that reflects the latest thinking on dialects.

Links Here you will find recommended web-sites and YouTube samples for various dialects

Please note that MEDEA is undergoing re-construction but that sample recordings – even if they appear to be missing the arrow button – can still be played by clicking on the left hand side of the audio. 

 

Getting started with MEDEA