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Lowering of high vowels by French immersion students in Canada

  • Author / Creator
    Vickerman, Alison
  • 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.

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  • Graduation date
    2010-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3504X
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Linguistics
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Nadasdi, Terry (Linguistics)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Tucker, Benjamin (Linguistics)
    • Maheux-Pelletier, Genevieve (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)