An acoustic investigation of vowel variation in Gitksan

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dc.contributor.author Borland-Walker, Kyra Ann
dc.date.accessioned 2019-02-13T18:21:34Z
dc.date.available 2019-02-13T18:21:34Z
dc.date.copyright 2019 en_US
dc.date.issued 2019-02-13
dc.identifier.uri https://dspace.library.uvic.ca//handle/1828/10609
dc.description.abstract The research question for this thesis is: How does vowel quality vary across Gitksan speakers, and what sociolinguistic factors may be influencing this variation? Answering this question requires both that I show what the variation is, and why it may be that way; I have approached these questions by conducting a study in two parts. First, I conducted a demographic survey and ethnographically-informed qualitative interview with nine Gitksan speakers. Second, I performed an acoustic analysis of vowel variation across these same speakers. The acoustic results lead me to conclude that the low and front vowels show the most variation between speakers. My findings allowed me to add to our understanding of individual variation across speakers and communities. Although further investigation is needed to come to a conclusion about the generalizability of these results, the overarching contribution of my work is to add phonetic detail to previous descriptions of variation between speakers within the Interior Tsimshianic dialect continuum. en_US
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en_US
dc.subject Gitksan en_US
dc.subject Phonetics en_US
dc.subject Sociolinguistics en_US
dc.subject Ethnography en_US
dc.subject Acoustics en_US
dc.subject Linguistics en_US
dc.subject Tsimshian en_US
dc.title An acoustic investigation of vowel variation in Gitksan en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.supervisor Bird, Sonya Frances
dc.degree.department Department of Linguistics en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en_US
dc.description.scholarlevel Graduate en_US

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