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Stress peculiarities in sub-variety of Nigerian English (Tiv-English) with gender perspectives

Amoniyan, Oluwasegun Matthew (2023) Stress peculiarities in sub-variety of Nigerian English (Tiv-English) with gender perspectives. Cogent Arts & Humanities, 10 (2). pp. 1-20. ISSN 2331-1983

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Stress assignment is challenging in L2 situations, especially when the L1 and L2 speakers do not have similar stress elasticity, placement, and timing. The primary concern of this study investigates stress assignment among Tiv-English (TivE) speakers. Such a rare study is available on TivE, unlike other major varieties (Hausa, Igbo, and Yoruba) of Nigerian English (NE) that have widely received scholarly examination; the present study, therefore, delves into a preliminary study on the stress patterns of TivE in word isolation and passage reading with two-five syllable words. A total of 1,822 tokens were produced by fifty (50) Tiv bilinguals from the two public universities. Participants are between 18 and 65 years and satisfy the educated variety of TivE from the two institutions that accommodate Tiv bilinguals as respondents from different parts of Benue State. The audio recordings at 44100Hz were annotated in Praat for stress assignment transcription. Analysis of word stress by isolation and passage reading showed that 84.5% of stress in isolation is similar to other varieties, while 15.6% showed variation. The findings show more similarities than differences in two-syllabic word stress. These patterns were consistently ranked as NSR>>ROOTING>>LHR>>RHR.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Amoniyan, Oluwasegun Matthewoma55@pitt.eduoma550000-0001-6513-4681
Date: 29 October 2023
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Cogent Arts & Humanities
Volume: 10
Number: 2
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Page Range: pp. 1-20
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/23311983.2023.2245595
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Linguistics
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 2331-1983
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Article Type: Research Article
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2023 18:58
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2023 18:58


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