27.3666, Books: Speech Rhythm in Varieties of English: Fuchs

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Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:51:31
From: Helen van der Stelt [Helen.vanderStelt at springer.com]
Subject: Speech Rhythm in Varieties of English: Fuchs

 


Title: Speech Rhythm in Varieties of English 
Subtitle: Evidence from Educated Indian English and British English 
Series Title: Prosody, Phonology and Phonetics  

Publication Year: 2016 
Publisher: Springer
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Book URL: http://www.springer.com/gb/book/9783662478172 


Author: Robert Fuchs

Hardback: ISBN:  9783662478172 Pages: 243 Price: Europe EURO 99.99


Abstract:

This book addresses the question whether Educated Indian English is more
syllable-timed than British English from two standpoints: production and
perception. Many post-colonial varieties of English, which are mostly spoken
as a second language in countries such as India, Nigeria and the Philippines,
are thought to have a syllable-timed rhythm, whereas first language varieties
such as British English are characterized as being stress-timed. While
previous studies mostly relied on a single acoustic correlate of speech
rhythm, usually duration, the author proposes a multidimensional approach to
the production of speech rhythm that takes into account various acoustic
correlates. The results reveal that the two varieties differ with regard to a
number of dimensions, such as duration, sonority, intensity, loudness, pitch
and glottal stop insertion. The second part of the study addresses the
question whether the difference in speech rhythm between Indian and British
English is perceptually relevant, based on intelligibility and dialect
discrimination experiments. The results reveal that speakers generally find
the rhythm of their own variety more intelligible and that listeners can
identify which variety a speaker is using on the basis of differences in
speech rhythm.
 



Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)


Written In: English  (eng)

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