9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brisbane, Australia
September 22-26, 2008

GOOSE on the Move: A Study of /u/-Fronting in Australian News Speech

Jennifer Price

Monash University, Australia

This study is concerned with sound change over time in Australian English. The aim was to determine via acoustic analysis whether there is evidence of /u/-fronting in a speaker population of elderly and middle-aged male newsreaders. Results showed that the middle-aged group was producing /u/ further towards the front of the vowel space than the elderly group in their original recording, and that several individual speakers have also fronted their realisation of /u/ over time. This would seem to confirm a move away from the 'Cultivated' accent previously required in broadcasting towards the 'General' sociolect of AusE.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Price, Jennifer (2008): "GOOSE on the move: a study of /u/-fronting in Australian news speech", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 346.