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.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 17th Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology|
|Editors||Julien Epps, Joe Wolfe, John Smith, Caroline Jones|
|Place of Publication||Canberra, ACT.|
|Publisher||Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association (ASSTA)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Event||Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (17th : 2018) - Coogee, Sydney, Australia|
Duration: 4 Dec 2018 → 7 Dec 2018
|Name||Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology|
|Conference||Australasian International Conference on Speech Science and Technology (17th : 2018)|
|Period||4/12/18 → 7/12/18|
- Australian English
- weak vowel merger
- unstressed vowels
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).