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Lowering of high vowels by French immersion students in Canada Open Access

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Subject/Keyword
French
phonetics
second language acquisition
high vowels
linguistics
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Vickerman, Alison
Supervisor and department
Nadasdi, Terry (Linguistics)
Examining committee member and department
Tucker, Benjamin (Linguistics)
Maheux-Pelletier, Genevieve (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Department
Department of Linguistics
Specialization

Date accepted
2009-11-26T22:51:13Z
Graduation date
2010-06
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
While much research has been dedicated to studying the speech of French immersion students, relatively little is known about their sociolinguistic competence, particularly in the area of phonetics. This study aims to determine the extent to which a group of French immersion students in Ontario, Canada display the native Canadian French phenomenon of lowering the high vowel /i/ to its lax allophone /ɪ/ in the obligatory context of a stressed syllable closed by any consonant other than /v, z, ʒ/ or /ʀ/. Results indicate that the majority of the students do not employ the lax vowel, and those students who demonstrate some degree of vowel lowering apply the rule inconsistently. No strong correlation between social or linguistic factors is apparent in the application of the rule, suggesting that more explicit teaching of this phenomenon is necessary in order to make students aware of these kinds of native Canadian French speaker variations.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3504X
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Permission is hereby granted to the University of Alberta Libraries to reproduce single copies of this thesis and to lend or sell such copies for private, scholarly or scientific research purposes only. Where the thesis is converted to, or otherwise made available in digital form, the University of Alberta will advise potential users of the thesis of these terms. The author reserves all other publication and other rights in association with the copyright in the thesis and, except as herein before provided, neither the thesis nor any substantial portion thereof may be printed or otherwise reproduced in any material form whatsoever without the author's prior written permission.
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