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"I bit you or I beat you?" Acoustic analysis of vowel contrast produced by Malay speakers

Wan Ahmad, Wan Aslynn Salwani and Pillai, Stefanie (2016) "I bit you or I beat you?" Acoustic analysis of vowel contrast produced by Malay speakers. In: 9th Malaysia International Conference on Languages, Literatures and Cultures: Engaging Threads and Trends ( MICOLLAC 2016 ), 16-18 August 2018, Rainbow Paradise Beach Resort Tanjung Bungah, Penang. (Unpublished)

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This paper examines the acoustic properties of two pairs of English vowels: /i:/, /ɪ/ and /u:/,/ʊ/ produced by two sets of Malay speakers. This study was motivated by claims that Malaysian English (MalE) speakers do not distinguish these vowels’ phonemic lengths. The data was obtained from the recordings of five Malay informants. The recordings were instrumentally analysed, in which the durations, first (F1) and second formants (F2) of these vowels were measured. The formant values were obtained to describe vowel height and vowel fronting/ retraction of each vowel. Consistent with previous studies, the findings indicate that these speakers did not distinguish vowel quality and vowel length of these vowels. The formant values of these two sets of vowels show that /i:/ and /ɪ/ and /u:/,/ʊ/, have similar qualities in terms of vowel height and fronting or retraction, resulting in a smaller inventory of monophthong vowels for MalE.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Invited Papers)
Additional Information: 5212/74301
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acoustic study; Instrumental analysis; Malay speakers; Phonetics; Second language speaker; Vowels.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences
Kulliyyah of Allied Health Sciences > Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Depositing User: Dr Wan Aslynn Wan Ahmad
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2019 12:45
Last Modified: 30 Sep 2019 12:45
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/74301

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