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Academic Paper

Title: Acoustic Evidence for a Push-chain Shift in the Intermediate Period of New Zealand English
Author: Christian Lang
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Institution: Universit├Ąt Freiburg
Linguistic Field: Phonetics; Phonology
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This study provides the results of an acoustic analysis of the short front vowels in the speech of New Zealanders born between the 1890s and the 1930s. It will be shown that it is in this period in which the system of short front vowels undergoes a typological change, whereby a system of three short front vowels develops into one of two front vowels () and one central vowel (). It will be further shown that these processes are interrelated and can justifiably be called a "chain-shift." In addition, it will be demonstrated that centralization of postdates the raising of the other vowels, and that rates of centralization are dependent on consonantal environment.


This article appears IN Language Variation and Change Vol. 18, Issue 2.

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