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Title: The phonology of Neath English : a socio-dialectological survey
Author: Podhovnik, Edith
Awarding Body: Swansea University
Current Institution: Swansea University
Date of Award: 2008
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The aim of this thesis is, first, to describe the phonetic and phonological features of Neath English, secondly, to discuss the possible effect of non-linguistic factors on people's choice of speech forms and, finally, to analyse the intonation of Neath English. Based on the data collected in fieldwork, the accent description gives the vowel and consonant phonemes and their realisations. Neath English, which is the English spoken in Neath, South Wales, is compared and contrasted to RP as well as other Southern Welsh English accents. To illustrate the similarities and differences to RP and Welsh, vowel and consonant typologies are given. Additionally, this thesis looks at how and to what extent the non-linguistic factors affect people in their choice of speech forms. A detailed computer analysis of the data gives insight into how age, male/female and education have influenced people's speech forms. Six groups of informants are compared to each other in order to discuss their different use of certain variables in their speech. In the description of Neath English intonation, the nuclear tones, the tones in heads and tails and the grammatical, attitudinal, and discourse functions of Neath English intonation are described. Neath English intonation is also compared to RP and other Southern Welsh English accents.
Supervisor: Penhallurick, Rob Sponsor: Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Science and Culture
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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