THE NORTH WIND AND THE SUN IN PHONETICS

AFRICAN LANGUAGES

This page contains historic recordings of the North Wind and the Sun in some African languages to illustrate the principles of the International Phonetic Association. These recordings were made in the phonetics laboratory of Edinburgh University in the 1950s and 1960s. The phonetics of many of these languages were included in the 1949 IPA Handbook. They have been arranged according to the continent where they are spoken. At the moment you can already listen to all the recordings ... but there is more work to do. These recordings (and more) are also available from the database below:

Abercombie, David. (2013). The North Wind and the Sun, 1951-1978 [sound]. University of Edinburgh. School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences. Department of Linguistics and English Language. https://doi.org/10.7488/ds/157.