Interplay of sociolinguistic factors in rhythmic variation in a minority French dialect

Author(s): Svetlana Kaminskai_a

Abstract

This paper examines rhythmic variation in read and spontaneous speech samples from speakers of minority Ontario French (Canada). Rate, nPVI-V, VarcoV, %V and CC model are used to examine the extent of sociolinguistic variation in the dataset and test the hypotheses of convergence to English and of sociolinguistic discontinuity. Age, sex and speaking style appear each to have significance, without interacting. Females and older speakers showed a more syllable timed pattern than males and younger participants. In spontaneous speech, all speakers had a less syllable-timed rhythmicity, despite a faster rate. Overall, speakers did not converge to English.

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