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Title: Interdialect phonology in second dialect acquisition
Author: Drews, Aaron E.
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2004
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Interdialect phonology is the phonological system of speakers who have acquired some of the distinguishing attributes of a second dialect. An interdialect is the stage ‘in between’ speaking one’s native dialect and fully acquiring a second dialect. An interdialect - in parallel with an interlanguage - functions as the second dialect competence, even if the second dialect is not fully acquired. The ‘mid-Atlantic dialect’ is an example of an interdialect. This study is based on Chambers (1992) and examines the phonologies of American families living in the London area. Additionally, British families living in North America were also recorded and examined in this thesis. This thesis does not show how a second dialect is acquired, per se, but how the interdialect phonology develops as part of the second dialect acquisition process. This thesis shows what an interdialect is. Given the inherent closeness between two dialects, this thesis discusses the relationship between the interdialect, the native phonological competence and the second dialect target. Several phonological phenomena are examined in this thesis: medial /t/; the relationship between the low front vowel /æ/ and the low back vowel a:/; the status of the vowels represented by the pair caught and cot; the realisations of syllable-rhyme-r. A phonological description of each of these variables is given for both standard General American English and standard Southern British English. The phonological structure of these differences between the dialects is then highlighted. This thesis shows how these differences develop in the interdialect phonology and show how realisational differences develop differently than phonemic differences.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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