GRIN Verlag, 2009 - 24 pages
Seminar paper from the year 2008 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: good, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel (Applied Linguistics), course: Language Variation and Change, language: English, abstract: From the point of view of a continental standard, Canadian English exhibits remarkable phonetic patterns. This term paper demonstrates the development and change of the phoneme /w/ in Canadian English following the research by Chambers. This paper will begin by taking a quick look at the historical development of the phoneme. The phoneme /w/ has several realizations in various dialects of English. Canada is one of the countries where the allophone [hw] has been rather persistent. Nevertheless, /hw/-pronunciation has been disappearing there over the years. I try to indicate how the phoneme is changing recently illustrating this with case studies whenever possible. The age, social classes of subjects as well as the regions of Canada are especially relevant for the given description.
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Aeneid akademische Texte American English American speech feature analysis was based Anglo-Canadian Appendix British English British prestige Canadian English GRIN Chambers Chambers's change in Canadian Close inspection conclusion Consonant Shift Continental standard defuse route development and change disappeared effect English The development Figure four regions Germanic Golden Horseshoe greater frequency Grimm's GRIN Verlag hegemony homophones increased mobility initial Kortmann labialized voiceless velar language variation LENITION linguistic changes Lobunez Canadian English main analysis Montreal Nevertheless North American occurs older Ottawa Valley patterns percent Percentage of speakers phoneme development phoneme hw phoneme w population preaspirated labiodental-velar approximant pronounced with hw pronunciation Proto-Indo-European language Quebec City question-words questions for further Quhidder regions of Canada social and linguistic social classes social correlate social embedding sound change thou trajectories urban Valley and Quebec variability and heterogeneity varieties voiceless velar fricative whine whither witch words Yana Lobunez Canadian Zealand