Welcome to VADA!

The Visual Accent & Dialect Archive (VADA) is an archive of video clips from around the world, providing both aural and visual information about an accent or dialogue.

Performance holds the mirror up to a diverse and changing world. Performers must develop the skill and ability to acquire any accent or dialect (a regional variety of an accent) with the specific lilt, rhythms, intonations and sound changes intrinsic to each individual region or culture a character represents. In an ever expanding and accessible global soundscape, it is now possible to conduct research using authentic resources to hear the specific nuances and speech patterns of English speaking people from all over the world, as well as to see the gestural aspects of speech used by the speaker.