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Phonetics and Phonology

Pingali Sailaja

in Indian English

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780748625949
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671434 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625949.003.0002
Phonetics and Phonology

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The pronunciation of English in India is stated to belong on a cline. A standard variety of pronunciation labelled standard Indian English pronunciation (SIEP) is identified and is described along with various regional variations which are considered to be non-standard. Segmental features or specific consonants and vowels of SIEP and their several variations are described. The influence of spelling on the pronunciation of individual words is illustrated. Some aspects of suprasegmental features such as stress, rhythm and intonation are touched upon. Lack of uniformity in the accents across speakers limits the generalisations that are made particularly with regard to suprasegmental features.

Keywords: standard; pronunciation; non-standard; variation; cline; segmental features; suprasegmental features

Chapter.  8270 words. 

Subjects: Sociolinguistics

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