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Ethnic Dialect Identification in New Zealand - The Role of Prosodic Cues

Anita Szakay

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ISBN 10: 3639022254 / ISBN 13: 9783639022254
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220 pages. Dimensions: 9.1in. x 6.0in. x 0.6in.This book investigates the production and perception of suprasegmental features, such as rhythm and intonation, of the two main ethnic dialects of New Zealand English. Maori English is spoken by the indigenous population, while Pakeha English is used mainly by speakers of European descent. In a production experiment the speech of New Zealanders is acoustically analysed to confirm previous findings of how Maori English is distinguished from Pakeha English in terms of rhythm and intonation. A perception experiment examines listeners interpretations of resynthesised speech samples as either Maori or Pakeha. The findings provide strong confirmation of the role of rhythm and intonation in marking the distinction between Maori and Pakeha English. The perceptual relevance of other prosodic cues is also discussed in terms of stereotypes associated with minority groups. The results also show that the linguistic experience of the listener is a key indicator of performance in ethnic dialect identification. The book will appeal to scholars and students interested in New Zealand English, sociophonetics and language change, as well as speech perception and production. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9783639022254

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Title: Ethnic Dialect Identification in New Zealand...

Publisher: VDM Verlag

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This book investigates the production and perception of suprasegmental features, such as rhythm and intonation, of the two main ethnic dialects of New Zealand English. Maori English is spoken by the indigenous population, while Pakeha English is used mainly by speakers of European descent.In a production experiment the speech of New Zealanders is acoustically analysed to confirm previous findings of how Maori English is distinguished from Pakeha English in terms of rhythm and intonation. A perception experiment examines listeners interpretations of resynthesised speech samples as either Maori or Pakeha. The findings provide strong confirmation of the role of rhythm and intonation in marking the distinction between Maori and Pakeha English. The perceptual relevance of other prosodic cues is also discussed in terms of stereotypes associated with minority groups. The results also show that the linguistic experience of the listener is a key indicator of performance in ethnic dialect identification. The book will appeal to scholars and students interested in New Zealand English, sociophonetics and language change, as well as speech perception and production.

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Anita Szakay is a Hungarian-born New Zealander who studied Linguistics and Maori language at the University of Canterbury, where she received her MA. Currently she is working on her PhD in Linguistics at the University of British Columbia, Canada.

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