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The Effect of a Single Formant on Dialect Identification

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Title:The Effect of a Single Formant on Dialect Identification
Authors:Grama, James
Keywords:linguistics
Date Issued:01 Apr 2013
Publisher:University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics
Citation:Grama, James. 2013. The Effect of a Single Formant on Dialect Identification. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics 44(3).
Series:University of Hawai‘I at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics
Abstract:Labov (2001:167–68) makes the claim that English speech communities use F2 in vowels to establish social identity, while they use F1 chiefly for the cognitive differentiation of vowel phonemes. However, little work has been done to address whether this observation holds in perception. By using a forced-choice, matched-guise experiment, this paper investigates whether variations in a single formant can shift perceptions of a speaker’s regional origin. Results suggest that when the F1 of DRESS is low, the vowel is more reliably rated as Californian, suggesting that depending on the vowel, both formants may be important in the perception of social identity.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/73245
Rights:Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike License
Volume:2013
Appears in Collections: Working Papers in Linguistics - 2013


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