The Black Kenyan English vowel system An acoustic phonetic analysis

Autor(en): Hoffmann, Thomas 
Stichwörter: (Black) Kenyan English; acoustic analysis; Language & Linguistics; linear mixed model analysis; Linguistics; PRAAT; vowel system
Erscheinungsdatum: 2011
Herausgeber: JOHN BENJAMINS PUBLISHING CO
Journal: ENGLISH WORLD-WIDE
Volumen: 32
Ausgabe: 2
Startseite: 147
Seitenende: 173
Zusammenfassung: 
While acoustic phonetic studies have been carried out on all types of Englishes around the world, the second language variety spoken in Kenya has so far not been investigated acoustically. The present paper closes this gap by presenting an acoustic phonetic analysis of acrolectal Kenyan English. The data presented here consist of nine male speakers of acrolectal Kenyan English reading the ``The North Wind and the Sun''- passage and were analysed using PRAAT (Boersma 2001; Boersma and Weenink 2008). As I will show, a careful visual and statistical analysis of the data unearthes several features of the Kenyan English vowel system that so far have gone unnoticed (e.g. a trend towards a seven vowel system with two front and two back mid vowels). Furthermore I will argue that some of these features can be traced back to the local L1 feature pool.
ISSN: 01728865
DOI: 10.1075/eww.32.2.02hof

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