For nearly 50 years, Australian English has been described as a dialect exhibiting broadness variation reflective of sociodemographic speaker characteristics. However, observations suggesting the disintegration of the broadness continuum in the speech of young people today raise questions about its validity as a descriptive tool for current Australian English. In this paper we examine a set of vowels from 116 young Sydney females to explore whether vowel broadness does vary as a consequence of socioeconomic factors including school type, parents’ place of birth, region of upbringing and parents’ occupation. Results provide evidence against using traditional broadness categories to investigate sociolectal variation.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology|
|Place of Publication||Melbourne|
|Publisher||Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (13th : 2010) - Melbourne|
Duration: 14 Dec 2010 → 16 Dec 2010
|Conference||Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (13th : 2010)|
|Period||14/12/10 → 16/12/10|
- Australian English
- acoustic phonetics
Cox, F., & Palethorpe, S. (2010). Broadness variation in Australian English speaking females. In Proceedings of the 13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (pp. 175-178). Melbourne: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA).