Production of FACE and GOAT by Slovak and Czech immigrants in Edinburgh

Lauren Hall-Lew, Zuzana Elliott

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Abstract

This study examines the stylistic constraints on the pronunciation of the FACE and GOAT lexical sets as spoken by Slovak and Czech female immigrants who permanently reside in Edinburgh, Scotland. We undertake an acoustic analysis of monosyllablic
words taken from a structured interview, a reading passage, and a wordlist to compare these speakers to fluent learners of RP English living in Slovakia, specifically investigating immigrants’ acquisition of the Scottish English monophthongal variant. The results suggest that long-term immigration has a significant impact on pronunciation patterns, although more formal speech styles may trigger a reversion to instructed L2 norms.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventThe 18th International Conference of the Phonetic Sciences - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Aug 201514 Aug 2015

Conference

ConferenceThe 18th International Conference of the Phonetic Sciences
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period10/08/1514/08/15

Keywords

  • linguistics
  • variation
  • vowels
  • Scotland
  • Bilingualism

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