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Variation and change in Toronto heritage Cantonese

Tse, Holman (2016) Variation and change in Toronto heritage Cantonese. Asia-Pacific Language Variation, 2 (2). 124 - 156. ISSN 2215-1354

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<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title> <jats:p>This paper presents the first sociophonetic study of Cantonese vowels using sociolinguistic interview data from the Heritage Language Variation and Change in Toronto Corpus. It focuses on four allophones [iː], [ɪk/ɪŋ], [uː], and [ʊk/ʊŋ] of two contrastive vowels /iː/ and /uː/ across two generations of speakers. The F1 and F2 of 30 vowel tokens were analyzed for these four allophones from each of 20 speakers (<jats:italic>N</jats:italic> = 600 vowel tokens). Results show inter-generational maintenance of allophonic conditioning for /iː/ and /uː/ as well as an interaction between generation and sex such that second-generation female speakers have the most retracted variants of [ɪk/ɪŋ] and the most fronted variants of [iː]. This paper will discuss three possible explanations based on internal motivation, phonetic assimilation, and phonological influence. This will illustrate the importance of multiple comparisons (including inter-generational, cross-linguistic, and cross-community) in the relatively new field of heritage language phonology research.</jats:p>


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Tse, Holmanhbt3@pitt.eduHBT30000-0002-2398-5776
Date: 31 December 2016
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Asia-Pacific Language Variation
Volume: 2
Number: 2
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing Company
Page Range: 124 - 156
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1075/aplv.2.2.02tse
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2215-1354
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Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 15:03
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2020 13:55


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