An instrumental study of oral vowels in the Kedah variety of Acehnese

Yusuf, Y.Q. and Pillai, S. (2016) An instrumental study of oral vowels in the Kedah variety of Acehnese. Language Sciences, 54. pp. 14-25. ISSN 0388-0001, DOI

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The variety of Acehnese spoken in Malaysia, in particular the way in which it is pronounced, has thus far received little attention in the literature. One group of Malaysian Acehnese speakers can be found in a village in the northwest of Peninsular Malaysia. The present paper examines the oral monophthong vowels of the Acehnese variety spoken in this village based on an analysis of the formant values of the monophthong vowels produced by speakers from this location. The main aim of the paper is to determine the characteristics of monophthong vowels in the Malaysian Acehnese variety. The first and second formant values of the vowels were extracted and analysed from ten female Malaysians of Acehnese descent living in Kampung Aceh in Kedah. Comparisons with vowels in the Indonesian Acehnese variety were also carried out. Our findings indicate that most of the Malaysian Acehnese monophthongs displayed similar qualities with the Indonesian variety of Acehnese. However, there appears to be a loss of /ʌ/, and a more back production of /ǝ/, and in some cases /a/.

Item Type: Article
Funders: University of Malaya (PS021/2008C)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aceh; Acehnese; Vowel formants; Indonesian; Kedah Malay; Vowels
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 28 May 2018 02:11
Last Modified: 28 May 2018 02:11

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