ERIC Number: ED055475
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-Feb
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Variation in Hawaiian English: Underlying R.
The underlying assumptions of the study described in this report are that language change in process is revealed through language variation and that variation is rarely random. With these two ideas in mind, the author studies the presence of "r" in Hawaiian English and considers its appearance in various environments. The study also investigates whether the variation in the pronunciation of "r" correlates with extralinguistics factors such as social class, age, education, sex, style, and interviewer. Tables illustrate the findings on the variations. There is an indication that a change toward adoption of a more standard American pronunciation--at least for syllabic "r"--has been in process in Hawaii for some time. A firm pattern of variation emerges from the data. (VM)
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Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Dept. of Linguistics.