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A sociophonetic analysis of vowels produced by female Irish migrants: Investigating second dialect contact in Melbourne

Chloe Diskin, Deborah Loakes, Joshua Clothier, Ben Volchok, Sascha Calhoun (ed.), Paola Escudero (ed.), MARIJA TABAIN (ed.), Paul Warren (ed.)

Proceedings of the 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia 2019 | Australian Speech Science and Technology Association | Published : 2019


We present preliminary results of an acoustic analysis of monophthongal vowels produced by five female Irish migrants in Melbourne, with lengths of residence in Australia between 1.5 and 9.5 years. This sample is compared with five female Australian English (AusE) participants. Results show greater overall variability within the Irish group compared to the AusE group for the majority of vowels. Sociophonetic variability also emerged, for example with only two migrants producing an expected Irish English FOOT-STRUT merger. One ‘non-merger’ with the longest length of residence, and a social network comprised exclusively of Australians, also displayed initial signs of movement towards other Aus..

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