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Phonetic vs. Phonological Considerations in Inter-Generational Vowel Change in Toronto Heritage Cantonese

Tse, Holman (2016) Phonetic vs. Phonological Considerations in Inter-Generational Vowel Change in Toronto Heritage Cantonese. In: Linguistic Society of America (LSA) 2016 Annual Meeting, 07 January 2016 - 10 January 2016, Washington, DC.

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Abstract

Chang et al. (2011) have shown that phonological considerations may override phonetic similarity in influencing the phonetic production of /u/ and /y/ among heritage Mandarin speakers. This study addresses whether or not this generalization holds for another heritage language with a similar contrast corresponding to one vowel category, /u/, in the dominant language (English) by comparing vowel production among GEN 1 (L1 Cantonese) and GEN 2 (English-Cantonese early bilinguals) speakers. The mean F1 and F2 of 30 vowel tokens of /u/ and /y/ from each of 17 speakers from the HerLD (Heritage Language Documentation) Corpus (Nagy 2011) were measured (N=510). Results show maintenance of the Cantonese /y/ ~ /u/ contrast and lack of assimilation of Cantonese /u/ to the relatively high F2 of Toronto English /u/. These results support Chang et al’s (2011) claim that early bilingualism favors maintenance of cross-linguistic and language internal phonological distinctions in both languages.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Tse, Holmanhbt3@pitt.eduHBT3
Date: 8 January 2016
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Event Title: Linguistic Society of America (LSA) 2016 Annual Meeting
Event Dates: 07 January 2016 - 10 January 2016
Event Type: Conference
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Refereed: Yes
Official URL: http://www.linguisticsociety.org/event/lsa-2016-an...
Additional Information: Poster for Symposium on "Language contact in the mind and in the community: Insights from bilingual phonetics and phonology"
Date Deposited: 05 Jan 2016 14:46
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 04:58
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/26718

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