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ERIC Number: ED105731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Pages: 63
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Speaking Syles: Some Phonetic Realizations and their Significance; Pennsylvania Working Papers on Linguistic Change and Variation, Vol. 1, No. 1.
Yaeger, Malcah
This is an analysis of the stylistic variation in English of a wide range of speakers. A main point is that in analyzing speech styles it is important to elecit more than one style from each speaker, as both interview conditions and other factors may influence style. The paper presents some concrete examples of two major stylistic divisions, spontaneous and controlled, and posits reasons for the stylistic variations. From this evidence, psychoacoustic and psycho-sociolinguistic generalizations are stated. An analysis of acousitic data demonstrates that an understanding of speech production in more than one style facilitates understanding of style variation. Spectrographic measurements mapped the speaker's vowel systems as each speaker was tested as to both spontaneous and controlled speech. Attention especially focused on vowels in a state of flux, as these provide variation. It was concluded that social as well as phonetic factors affect sylistic variation; that variation in stylistic patterns is not limited to only one social or cultural group; and that this type of multistylistic analysis can provide useful information to the dialectologist and the psychoacoustician as well as the phonetician and sociolinguist. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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