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Glottalisation as a cue to coda consonant voicing in Australian English: a change in progress

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posted on 2022-03-28, 10:43 authored by Joshua James Penney
Although the presence of glottalisation has long been noted in other varieties of English, its presence has only been described recently for Australian English (AusE) and it remains an under‐researched phenomenon in this variety. We report on an apparen ttime study designed to examine glottalisation as a cue to coda stop voicing in AusE and to determine whether there is any evidence of recent change. We analysed the tempora laspects of voiced and voiceless rhymes in the speech of younger (18-‐36years, n=36) and older (56+years, n=31) groups of male and female speakers. As a baseline, we analysed words in the standard hVt and hVd frame. The results show that glottalisation primarily occurs preceding voiceless codas, as is common in other varieties of English, that female speakers are more likely to employ glottalisation than male speakers, and that younger speakers are more likely to employ glottalisation than older speakers. There is also evidence that younger speakers may exhibit a reduced voicing-­related vowel duration effect. These findings raise questions about the weighting of glottalisation and vowel duration as cues to coda stop voicing and suggest a change in progress regarding the management of the syllable rhyme.


Table of Contents

1. Thesis overview -- 2. background and literature review -- 3 Methods -- 4. Results -- 5. Discussion -- 6. Conclusion.


Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 91-105

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


MRes, Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Linguistics

Department, Centre or School

Department of Linguistics

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Felicity Cox


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