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A contrastive analysis of the phonologies of two Fiji English dialects: A diagnostic guide for speech–language pathologists

Hopf, Suzanne C. and McCleod, Sharynne and Geraghty, Paul (2016) A contrastive analysis of the phonologies of two Fiji English dialects: A diagnostic guide for speech–language pathologists. Speech, Language and Hearing, 19 (2). pp. 96-104. ISSN 2050-571X

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Abstract

Speech–language pathologists (SLPs) are increasingly aware of the need to minimize the impact of cultural and linguistic mismatch when working with culturally and linguistically diverse clients. Consequently, there is a growing body of literature designed for the SLP to obtain an understanding of the characteristics of languages and dialects that may be outside the SLPs' previous experience. This paper provides a review of the phonological features of two Fiji English dialects (Fijian Fiji English and Fiji Hindi Fiji English). This information is provided to assist English-speaking SLPs' diagnostic decision-making when working with people from Fiji who wish to improve their speech intelligibility and to differentiate between speech difference and speech sound disorder in young Fiji children. The Fiji languages influence the phonetics and phonology of Fiji English dialects to varying degrees. Consequently basilectal (heavily accented) speakers have many differences when compared to acrolectal (lightly accented) speakers. Acknowledging the diversity in Fiji English speech production, this paper provides a review of phonetic and phonemic variants for basilectal and acrolectal speakers of Fijian Fiji English and Fiji Hindi Fiji English.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PL Languages and literatures of Eastern Asia, Africa, Oceania
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Language, Arts and Media
Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 16:55
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2017 16:55
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/9649
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