ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008
ISCA Archive Interspeech 2008

A Niuean variant of New Zealand English?

Donna Starks, Laura Thompson, Catherine I. Watson

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.

Cite as: Starks, D., Thompson, L., Watson, C.I. (2008) A Niuean variant of New Zealand English? Proc. Interspeech 2008, 1128

  author={Donna Starks and Laura Thompson and Catherine I. Watson},
  title={{A Niuean variant of New Zealand English?}},
  booktitle={Proc. Interspeech 2008},