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Prosodic marking of narrow focus across varieties of South African English

  • This paper reports on an elicited production study which investigates prosodic marking of narrow focus in modified noun phrases in varieties of South African English. The acoustic analysis of fundamental frequency, intensity, and duration in narrow focus is presented and discussed. The results suggest that these three acoustic parameters are manipulated differently in narrow focus in the varieties of English as a Second Language as compared to General South African English. The article compares the results to what is known about prosodic marking of information structure in other varieties of English as a Second Language and underlines the necessity of carefully controlled data in the investigation of phonological and phonetic variation in varieties of English.

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Author:Sabine Zerbian
ISSN:0172-8865 (print)
Parent Title (English):English world-wide : a journal of varieties of English
Place of publication:Amsterdam
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2013
Year of Completion:2013
Release Date:2017/03/26
Tag:Black South African English; English as a Second Language (ESL); South African English; contact variety; duration; focus; fundamental frequency; intensity; prosody
First Page:26
Last Page:47
Organizational units:Humanwissenschaftliche Fakultät / Institut für Linguistik / Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft
Peer Review:Referiert