Broadness variation in Australian English speaking females

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherAustralasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA)
Pages175-178
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)9780958194631
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (13th : 2010) - Melbourne
Duration: 14 Dec 201016 Dec 2010

Conference

ConferenceAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (13th : 2010)
CityMelbourne
Period14/12/1016/12/10

Keywords

  • Australian English
  • vowels
  • acoustic phonetics

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    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).