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Rhotics
Labiodental
Variation
Emergent features
Singapore English
Issue Date: 
2020
Citation: 
Kwek, G., & Low, E.-L. (2020). Emergent features of young Singaporean speech: An investigatory study of the labiodental /r/ in Singapore English. Asian Englishes. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/13488678.2020.1759249
Abstract: 
Amongst the variety of /r/ allophones is a labialised variant commonly described as the labiodental approximant [ʋ]. This seems, in recent times, to have become quite a common variant for young British English speech and is ‘established as an acceptable feature of mature speech in non-standard accents in the south-east of England’. Deterding and Kwek have also reported the existence of the labiodental approximant [ʋ] in the speech of some young speakers of Singapore English, presenting preliminary impressionistic findings of its existence and attitudes of Singaporeans towards its use. This article further substantiates these previous claims by providing acoustic evidence that the labiodental approximant [ʋ] is indeed present in Singapore English and that it can be differentiated from the more common post-alveolar approximant [ɹ] by comparing the nadir values of their third formants as well as the calculations of third formant rises towards the onset of following vowels. The article also provides further empirical evidence of the phonological environments that condition the realisation of this variant and also of its users. At its core, this article sets the foundations for further phonetic and phonological studies of /r/ variants in Singapore English.
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This is the final draft, after peer-review, of a manuscript published in Asian Englishes. The published version is available online at https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/13488678.2020.1759249.
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1348-8678 (print)
2331-2548 (online)
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