Samoan English in New Zealand

examples of consonant features from the UC QuakeBox

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The varieties of English spoken by Pacific peoples in New Zealand may be characterised by certain features which occur only in learner varieties, and other linguistic resources used as in-group ethnic identity markers for speakers for whom English is L1, or was acquired early in life. This small case study compares the speech of a younger and an older Samoan speaker from the UC QuakeBox corpus, giving examples of consonantal features that may be associated with these two broad types of Samoan English in NZ. Low levels of /p/-aspiration and high levels of /z/-devoicing are found for the older speaker only, while both speakers share /ð/-stopping and /'/-fronting, and low rates of linking /r/. Only the young speaker uses non-prevocalic /r/ in NURSE contexts. These results are compared to previously published results on the Samoan characters in the animated comedy bro’Town.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-50
Number of pages26
JournalNew Zealand English journal
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

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