Overextended labialisation of coda consonants: The case of Vietnamese heritage speakers in the Netherlands

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Overextended labialisation of coda consonants: The case of Vietnamese heritage speakers in the Netherlands

Type: Bachelor thesis
Title: Overextended labialisation of coda consonants: The case of Vietnamese heritage speakers in the Netherlands
Author: Ebenau, Jerom
Issue Date: 2017-08-31
Keywords: Vietnamese
heritage languages
heritage speakers
phonology
phonetics
descriptive linguistics
labialisation
overextension
Abstract: This thesis provides evidence for a perceived overextension of labialisation of coda consonants following rounded vowels in the speech of (Saigon) Vietnamese speakers in the Netherlands. The regular labialisation of velar codas after rounded vowels seemed to appear in alveolar codas as well. Sixteen speakers participated in a picture-naming task designed to elicit words containing both types of codas following rounded and unrounded vowels. The speakers were either second generation/heritage speakers, first generation/baseline speakers or homeland speakers. Although the data were limited, evidence was found that the overextension is a change in progress (at least in the Netherlands). This change has made most progress in heritage speakers, followed by baseline speakers and homeland speakers show the fewest signs of the overextension. The overextension is also limited to codas following two of the three rounded vowels of Vietnamese, whereas the original labialisation occurs after all rounded vowels. It was thus concluded that the overextension is a change in progress, possibly limited to speakers of Vietnamese in the Netherlands. The fact that heritage speakers show the greatest change, provides new perspectives in the field of the phonologies of heritage languages.
Supervisor: Moro, Francesca
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Taalwetenschap (Bachelor)
Specialisation: Descriptive Linguistics (BA)
ECTS Credits: 10
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/51932
 

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