2021
DOI: 10.31219/osf.io/jhsfc View full text |Buy / Rent full text
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Abstract: A recent model of sound change posits that the direction of change is determined, at least in part, by the distribution of variation within speech communities (Harrington, Kleber, Reubold, Schiel, & Stevens, 2018; Harrington & Schiel, 2017). We explore this model in the context of bilingual speech, asking whether the less variable language constrains phonetic variation in the more variable language, using a corpus of spontaneous speech from early Cantonese-English bilinguals (Johnson, Babel, Fo… Show more

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“…For example, using single word productions, Cantonese-English bilinguals characterized as Cantonese heritage speakers were more likely to release word-final stops [13]. Conversely, a recent study of the same phenomenon in spontaneous speech found that early Cantonese-English bilinguals were less likely to release final stops in English than non-Cantonese-English bilinguals [20]. These conflicting outcomes simply illustrate the need to examine variation in speech across styles and registers, as this variation has maximum utility for ASR systems and the development of NLP tools for speech and language, given how little is know about how talkers interact with such systems [21].…”
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