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Title: Age as a factor in ethnic accent identification in Singapore
Authors: Tan, Ying Ying
Keywords: DRNTU::Humanities::Linguistics
Issue Date: 2012
Source: Tan, Y. Y. (2012). Age as a factor in ethnic accent identification in Singapore. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 33(6), 569-587.
Series/Report no.: Journal of multilingual and multicultural development
Abstract: This study seeks to answer two research questions. First, can listeners distinguish the ethnicity of the speakers on the basis of voice quality alone? Second, do demographic differences among the listeners affect discriminability? A simple but carefully designed and controlled ethnic identification test was carried out on 325 Singaporean informants of the three major ethnic groups across three age groups in Singapore. The results show interesting age-related patterns in the identification of ethnicity in speakers of Singapore English. The results suggest that young Singaporeans may perhaps be deaf to ethnic variations. National policies and one's own ethnic consciousness (or lack thereof) may perhaps be responsible for creating this ‘deafness’.
DOI: 10.1080/01434632.2012.682730
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