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Methodological considerations in the study of sociophonetic variation in an underdocumented minority language: Somali Bantu Kizigua as a case study

Tse, Holman (2013) Methodological considerations in the study of sociophonetic variation in an underdocumented minority language: Somali Bantu Kizigua as a case study. In: Journées d'Études Toulousaines (JéTou 2013), 17 May 2013 - 17 May 2013, University of Toulouse - Le Mirail, Toulouse, France.

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Abstract

This paper presents an example of how research can be done on sociophonetic variation within a community of speakers of an underdocumented minority language. The paper begins with a discussion and critique of the Labovian sociolinguistic interview, which has formed the basis of a large body of work on variation. Current research on Somali Bantu Kizigua, a minority language from East Africa, is discussed. A modified Labovian sociolinguistic interview was implemented for collecting data on the language. Results from this study reveal evidence of a sound change in which a historically voiceless prenasalized velar stop, */nk/, becomes a voiceless glottal fricative, /h/, with uvular consonants as intermediate stages. This change appears to confirm speaker’s intuitions about age as a major factor in variation within the community. The paper concludes with a discussion of opportunities for increased collaboration between documentary linguists and sociolinguists.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Tse, Holmanhbt3@pitt.eduHBT3
Date: 17 May 2013
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the 4th Edition of Journées d'Études Toulousaines (JéTou 2013)
Place of Publication: Toulouse, France
Page Range: 129 - 139
Event Title: Journées d'Études Toulousaines (JéTou 2013)
Event Dates: 17 May 2013 - 17 May 2013
Event Type: Conference
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Linguistics
Refereed: Yes
Official URL: http://jetou2013.free.fr/proceedings.htm
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Additional Information: awarded best paper presentation prize: http://jetou2013.free.fr/prize.htm
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2015 14:14
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 04:59
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/26117

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