Phonetic Variation and Self-Recorded Data

Lauren Hall-Lew, Zachary Boyd

Research output: Working paper

Abstract / Description of output

Self-recordings, when speakers record themselves without a researcher present, are attractive for potentially eliciting a wider range of styles than is obtained through interviews. To compare the stylistic differences between self-recorded speech and interview speech, we present an analysis of sibilant production among four speakers in both contexts. Our results show that the contrast between self-recordings and interviews can be a reliable predictor, with differences often surpassing those between interview speech and read speech. We suggest that self-recordings may be stylistically different enough from interviews to justify overcoming the practical challenges of their collection, integrating the self-recording into standard sociolinguistic methodologies, at least for studies of intraspeaker variation and the description of variable phenomena
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 4 Nov 2017

Publication series

NameUniversity of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • linguistics
  • sociolinguistics
  • sociophonetics
  • phonetics
  • methods
  • methodology
  • fieldwork


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