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Detailing the phonetic environment: a sociophonetic study of the London-Bengali community

McCarthy, KM; Evans, B; Mahon, HM; (2011) Detailing the phonetic environment: a sociophonetic study of the London-Bengali community. In: [Proceedings of the ICPhS XVII 2011: 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences]. (pp. pp. 1354-1357). International Phonetic Association Green open access

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Abstract

The present study investigated variability in the production of English by London Bengali adults who speak the Sylheti dialect of Bengali. Speakers had been resident in London for differing lengths of time. They were recorded producing /l/, /r/ and the eleven monophthongal vowels in English. Phonetically trained listeners rated speakers' productions of /l/ and /r/ in terms of manner and place. F1 and F2 formant frequency values, and duration were measured for all monophthongal vowels. The results demonstrated that older speakers (first-generation immigrants) tended to use Sylhetilike variants when speaking English, whilst second-generation speakers tended to use native English-like variants. These findings will be used to inform studies of the role of phonetic input in child language acquisition from the London Bengali community.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Detailing the phonetic environment: a sociophonetic study of the London-Bengali community
Event: 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS 2011), 17 - 21 August 2011, Hong Kong, China
Location: Hong Kong
Dates: 17 August 2011 - 21 August 2011
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.internationalphoneticassociation.org/i...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: phonetic input, speech production, accent variation, phonetic development
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1488400
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