Journal article

Acoustic and durational properties of Indian English vowels

O Maxwell, J Fletcher

World Englishes | Wiley | Published : 2009


This paper presents findings of an acoustic phonetic analysis of vowels produced by speakers of English as a second language from northern India. The monophthongal vowel productions of a group of male speakers of Hindi and male speakers of Punjabi were recorded, and acoustic phonetic analyses of vowel formant frequencies and vowel duration were performed. The results confirm findings of a number of earlier auditory and acoustic studies. A modified inventory of vowel contrasts for the set of monophthongs following Wells 'model of standard lexical sets (1982) is proposed to account for vowels produced by speakers of IE whose L1 is either Hindi or Punjabi. Certain features of the vowels produce..

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