9th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brisbane, Australia
September 22-26, 2008

A Niuean Variant of New Zealand English?

Donna Starks, Laura Thompson, Catherine I. Watson

University of Auckland, New Zealand

This paper provides an acoustic analysis of the vowels of five Niuean speakers of New Zealand English (NZE). The speakers are second-generation New Zealanders raised in a bilingual English/ Niuean environment. Analysis reveals differences between the vowel space of the Niuean New Zealanders and speakers of general NZE. Of particular note is the use of monophthongal variants of the HAY and HOE vowels. The paper ends with a discussion of whether these variants serve as ethnic identity markers in the New Zealand Niuean community.

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Bibliographic reference.  Starks, Donna / Thompson, Laura / Watson, Catherine I. (2008): "A Niuean variant of New Zealand English?", In INTERSPEECH-2008, 1128.