Timing differences in the VC rhyme of standard Australian English and Lebanese Australian English

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    This paper reports on an acoustic phonetic study of the VC rhyme in two Australian English dialects. The aim is to examine the timing features of the rhyme to determine the extent to which characteristics of Arabic predict differences between the two dialects. Eight speakers of Standard Australian English and seven of Lebanese Australian English were recorded using a standard word list task. Results show significant dialect specific timing differences which are dependent on vowel quantity and coda voicing. The results suggest that Lebanese Arabic prosodic constraints may have become ethnolinguistically functionalised in this new AusE dialect.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th international congress of phonetic sciences ICPhS XVII, 17-21 August 2011, Hong Kong
    EditorsWai-Sum Lee
    Place of PublicationHong Kong
    PublisherCity University
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)9789624423419
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    EventInternational Congress of Phonetic Sciences (17th : 2011) - Hong Kong
    Duration: 17 Aug 201121 Aug 2011


    ConferenceInternational Congress of Phonetic Sciences (17th : 2011)
    CityHong Kong


    • Australian English
    • coda consonants
    • duration
    • VC rhyme
    • vowel duration
    • voicing


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