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Heritage Language Maintenance and Phonological Maintenance in Toronto Cantonese Monophthongs? -- But They Still Have an "Accent"!

Tse, Holman (2017) Heritage Language Maintenance and Phonological Maintenance in Toronto Cantonese Monophthongs? -- But They Still Have an "Accent"! In: Linguistic Society of America 2017 Annual Meeting, 5-8 Jan 2017, Austin, TX.

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Abstract

This presentation will focus on a study of inter-generational vowel differences among speakers of Toronto Cantonese. The data comes from hour-long sociolinguistic interviews from the Heritage Language Variation and Change in Toronto Project. Results show inter-generational maintenance of phonological contrasts across eight contrastive monophthongs and are consistent with previous research showing that heritage speakers are better able to produce all of the phonological distinctions in their two languages than are adult L2 speakers. What may contribute to perceptions of a heritage speaker “accent” are low-level phonetic differences that may be influenced by early acquisition of two languages.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Tse, Holmanhbt3@pitt.eduHBT30000-0002-2398-5776
Date: 8 January 2017
Event Title: Linguistic Society of America 2017 Annual Meeting
Event Dates: 5-8 Jan 2017
Event Type: Conference
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2017 19:29
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2017 14:16
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/30661

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