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Title: Patterns of late rising in New Zealand English: Intonational variation or intonational change?
Author: Paul Warren
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Institution: Victoria University of Wellington
Linguistic Field: Phonology
Subject Language: English
Abstract: A combination of observational and experimental data from recent research into the intonation of New Zealand English highlights generational differences in rising intonation patterns. As well as a general increase in the incidence of rising intonation in statement utterances, the data reveal a shift from late rises in mid-age speakers to earlier rise onsets in younger speakers. These differences are discussed in the context of the intonational phonology of New Zealand English and in terms of the functional need for a distinction between question and statement rises.


This article appears IN Language Variation and Change Vol. 17, Issue 2.

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