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Sociophonetics of the Le Havre accent

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Damien Hall



This is the authors' accepted manuscript of a conference proceedings (inc. abstract) that has been published in its final definitive form by Adler Foreign Books, 2019.

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We report on a pilot analysis of two speakers—M, 33, and F, 24, both middle-class—from Le Havre, France, part of the larger Towards A New Linguistic Atlas of France project.1 The aim is to isolate features to investigate in greater detail in the full analysis. Two vowel changes are analysed: the merger or separation of /a/ (as in patte /pat/ ‘paw’) and /ɑ (pâtes /pɑt/ ‘pasta’), and the fronting of /ɔ/. Most areas of France merge /a/ and /ɑ/ to /a/, but some Normandy speakers separate them, as does the regional language Norman, the oral vowel system of which is very close to that of its sister language French. Both speakers analysed here have significant word-list differences between /a/ and /ɑ/. The female speaker also has fronted /ɔ/, a well-known feature of modern informal French, but one which has not been found for Norman. The emerging picture is of an urban accent which combines regional features and more widespread urban ones, even among middle-class speakers.

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Author(s): Hall DJ

Editor(s): Calhoun,S;Escudero,P;Tabain,M;Warren,P

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: International Congress of Phonetic Sciences

Year of Conference: 2019

Pages: 2645-2649

Online publication date: 05/08/2019

Acceptance date: 20/02/2019

Date deposited: 24/10/2019

Publisher: Adler Foreign Books


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ISBN: 9780646800691