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Allophonic imitation within and across word positions
(University of Canterbury. Linguistics, 2015)
This dissertation investigates imitation in speech, which is the general tendency shown by a speaker to become more similar to another speaker in the way they speak. Many of us have experienced this while talking to someone ...
Identification of New Zealand English and Australian English based on stereotypical accent markers
(University of Canterbury. Linguistics, 2007)
Little is known about factors that influence dialect perception and the cues listeners rely on in telling apart two accents. This thesis will shed light on how accurate New Zealanders and Australians are at identifying ...
Vowel Change in New Zealand English - Patterns and Implications
(University of Canterbury. Linguistics, 2006)
This thesis investigates change in a number of phonological variables in New Zealand English (NZE) during a formative period of its development. The variables under analysis are the short front vowels /ɪ/, /ɛ/, /æ/, the ...