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Saturday, October 12 • 9:45am - 10:10am
*Withdrawn* Sims: English prosodic rhythm variation among Miami African and Haitian Americans

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English prosodic rhythm variation among Miami African and Haitian Americans

English is typically characterized as a language with high durational variability between syllable segments)— but English varieties that developed via contact with languages with low durational variability also have lower variability (e.g. Singapore English). I hypothesized that Miami African-, Cuban-, and Haitian-Americans would have low durational variability when compared with African-Americans from North Carolina because of their contact with Caribbean English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole respectively. I also expected a hierarchy of durational variability based upon the recency of language contact and languages that were in contact. I analyzed rhythm in interview speech of 34 participants. Miami Cuban-American rhythm was significantly less variable than any of the other ethnicities, but there were not consistent significant differences across rhythm measures between each of the other groups. The results suggest that linguistic differences, like phonotactics, and social differences, like identity and language attitudes, have an effect on prosodic rhythm.


Nandi Sims

The Ohio State University

Saturday October 12, 2019 9:45am - 10:10am PDT
EMU Crater Lake N
  T: SECOL sponsored
  • Session type Talk
  • Chair: Paul Reed