Invitation to the 4th CHUSS Seminar

Date

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Event Details

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), Makerere University invites you to the 4th CHUSS Seminar 2019

Topic: Phonological variation of wh- and that-clause markers in spontaneous utterances and read aloud in Nigerian English: A diglossic investigation

Presenter: Dr. Emmanuel A. Uba, Covenant University Ota, Nigeria

Date: Thursday 18th April 2019

Venue: School of Women and Gender Studies Conference Hall

Time: 2:00pm

Abstract

Two speech patterns whose grip is weakened at the theoretical level permeate the oral gestures perceived in the spontaneous speech and read aloud of pre-varsity school teachers in Nigeria, from whom the rising generation of English users in Nigeria look up to for prosodic choice. The focus of this paper is the description of the phonological behaviour of educated Nigerians in spontaneous speech and read aloud. Using Speech Analyser 3.1, this paper acoustically analyse the duration and pitch of wh- and that-clause markers in spontaneous utterances and reading of eight secondary school English language teachers. Direct test quasi-experimental design was used for the study and the data comprised two sets of recordings. One set was transcribed spontaneous recordings of the voices of the participants as they engaged with their students in classrooms in the form of discussions, explanations and tutorials. The second set constituted recorded read aloud of sentences, clauses, and phrases realised by the participants. It was found that the realisation of wh-words and that (as clause markers) in naturally occurring speech was different from their articulation in read aloud. The average durational measurement of the realisation of the tokens were 1.8 seconds in spontaneous utterance and less than one second in reading; and 64% and 40% intensity in spontaneous utterance and read aloud respectively. Based on the findings, recommendations pertaining to English language pedagogy in Nigeria were also made.

Keywords: Variation, phonology, read aloud, spontaneous speech, diglossia, Nigerian English.

For more information, please contact the Dean SWGS at sssaline2@gmail.com

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