Malaysian English Monophthongs by Regional Malay Dialect Speakers: Convergence or Divergence?

  • Suhaila Sulong

Abstract

This study investigates the possible influence of Malay regional dialects on Malaysian English monophthongs. It compares the production of Malay and English monophthongs by male and female speakers of Standard Malay, Terengganu Malay and Kelantan Malay. Formant and Euclidean distance measurements show that although there are significant variations in Malay monophthong production, the speakers’ English monophthongs tend to converge spectrally. Two second language phonology theories are used to explain the results.

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Author Biography

Suhaila Sulong
Suhaila Sulong is a senior lecturer in the Academy of Language Studies at Mara University of Technology, Shah Alam, Malaysia. She teaches phonetics/phonology and English for Academic Purposes. Her research interests include pronunciation issues in Malaysian English and Malay dialects.
Published
2016-12-15
How to Cite
Sulong, S. (2016). Malaysian English Monophthongs by Regional Malay Dialect Speakers: Convergence or Divergence?. Asiatic: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 10(2). Retrieved from https://journals.iium.edu.my/asiatic/index.php/AJELL/article/view/860
Section
Section II: Review Articles