Rosa's roses – unstressed vowel merger in Australian English

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Abstract

Contrast loss between unstressed vowels in words like Rosa's/roses is assumed for Australian English but no empirical analyses have been conducted to support this assumption. To address this lacuna we acoustically examined the unstressed vowels in word-final (e.g. Rosa), segmental possessive (e.g. Rosa's), and syllabic plural (e.g. roses) contexts for 27 female Australian English speakers. Results showed that word-final schwa differed in F1, F2 and duration from the other types. Unstressed vowels in segmental possessive and syllabic plural contexts did not differ significantly from one another. Results support the merger of weak vowels /ə/ and /ɪ/ for Australian English.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
EditorsJulien Epps, Joe Wolfe, John Smith, Caroline Jones
Place of PublicationCanberra, ACT.
PublisherAustralasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA)
Pages89-92
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (17th : 2018) - Coogee, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 4 Dec 20187 Dec 2018

Publication series

Name Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology
ISSN (Print)2207-1296

Conference

ConferenceAustralasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (17th : 2018)
Abbreviated titleSST2018
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period4/12/187/12/18

Keywords

  • Australian English
  • schwa
  • weak vowel merger
  • unstressed vowels

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    Cox, F., & Palethorpe, S. (2018). Rosa's roses – unstressed vowel merger in Australian English. In J. Epps, J. Wolfe, J. Smith, & C. Jones (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (pp. 89-92). ( Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology). Canberra, ACT.: Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA).