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Alam, F.; Stuart-Smith, J. (2011)
Languages: English
Types: Other
Subjects: P1
This paper presents an acoustic phonetic analysis\ud of Glasgow Asian syllable-initial /t/, in speech data\ud collected from Pakistani-Muslim girls in a\ud Glasgow high school after a long-term participant\ud observation into their shared and differing social\ud practices. The results show differences in spectral\ud energy and shape according to following phonetic\ud segment, and to membership in two contrasting\ud Communities of Practice, more conservative girls\ud maintaining traditional cultural practices, and more\ud rebellious girls whose behaviour challenges such\ud norms. The findings demonstrate that ethnicity is\ud integrally linked with locally-salient identity, and\ud hence that fine phonetic variation which indexes\ud ethnicity is in fact indexical of local ethnic identity.
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