Prosodic Aspects of Hawai’i English: The Rise-Fall Contour

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2014-05-01
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Kirtley, M. Joelle
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University of Hawai'i at Mānoa Department of Linguistics
Abstract
This paper examines prosodic contours found in Hawai‘i English, the dialect of English specific to the Hawaiian Islands. Data from casual interviews and tasks completed in a laboratory setting show that, alongside the use of the Mainstream American English rising contour for continuation and questions, speakers of Hawai‘i English use a rise-fall prosodic contour that is also found in both Hawaiian and Pidgin (Hawai‘i Creole). Description of the rise-fall contour adds evidence to the growing body of work that shows that Hawai‘i English is distinct from other varieties of spoken English.
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Kirtley, M. Joelle. 2014. Prosodic Aspects of Hawai’i English: The Rise-Fall Contour. University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Working Papers in Linguistics 45(2).
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