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Saturday, October 12 • 3:40pm - 5:30pm
(N1) Kaminskaia: Speech style and rhythmic variation in two Canadian French varieties

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Speech style and rhythmic variation in two Canadian French varieties

The latest analyses of rhythm focused on its timing and addressed the question of a more English-like rhythmicity in Ontario French in a minority context. Recent work using methods called rhythm metrics found that both dialects exhibit a very French-like rhythmicity in spontaneous speech. Here, we are comparing these results to text readings in order to understand whether these related, but geographically distant varieties demonstrate similar effects of speaking style on prosodic rhythm or whether variation in a contact variety is less pronounced (e.g. lesser difference between rhythm metrics values in two styles, or stylistic variation is present in a subset of speakers only). Besides style, speakers’ age and sex are also taken into consideration. In this way, this analysis explores the hypothesis of sociolinguistic discontinuity in a situation of an intense contact (Mougeon & Nadasdi 1998).

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Svetlana Kaminskaia

University of Waterloo


Saturday October 12, 2019 3:40pm - 5:30pm
EMU Ballroom


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