Intonation patterns of questions in Malaysian English

Yap, Tsong Shiuan and Pillai, Stefanie (2017) Intonation patterns of questions in Malaysian English. Asian Englishes, 20 (3). pp. 192-205. ISSN 1348-8678

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/13488678.2017.1405707

Abstract

This article examines the intonation patterns used by Malaysian English (MalE) speakers when asking ‘wh-’ questions and ‘yes/no’ questions. Analysis on recordings of Malay, Chinese and Indian speakers revealed similar patterns in the intonation patterns of MalE wh- questions and yes/no questions regardless of the ethnicity of the speaker: wh- questions and yes/no questions tended to start with a level tone; yes/no questions ended with rises, while wh- questions ended with either falls or rises. These patterns cannot merely be attributed to the influence of the speakers’ first languages nor were they learner errors. However, whether these features are accepted as norms of MalE pronunciation will, to a certain extent, be dependent on the perception of MalE among Malaysians, which at the current point in time is generally inconsistent.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intonation; question form; Malaysian English; wh- questions; yes/no questions
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2019 04:42
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2019 04:42
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/20308

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