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Word juncture characteristics in world Englishes: a research report

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Setter, J., Mok, P., Low, E. L., Zuo, D. and Ao, R. (2014) Word juncture characteristics in world Englishes: a research report. World Englishes, 33 (2). pp. 278-291. ISSN 1467-971X

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1111/weng.12085

Abstract/Summary

The subtle juncture cues in older varieties of English such as Received Pronunciation can be difficult for speakers of new English varieties to perceive. This study looks at the perception of word juncture characteristics in three varieties of English (British, Hong Kong and Singapore) among British, Hong Kong and Singaporean listeners in order to widen our understanding of English juncture characteristics in general. We find that, even though reaction time data indicates that listeners perform quickest in the variety they are most familiar with, not only are juncture differences in British English difficult for Hong Kong and Singaporean listeners to perceive, they are also the most difficult for British listeners. Juncture characteristics in Hong Kong English are the easiest to distinguish among the three varieties.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism
Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Literature and Languages > English Language and Applied Linguistics
ID Code:54120
Publisher:Wiley

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