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Sailaja Pingali

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780748625949

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625949.001.0001

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Phonetics and Phonology

Phonetics and Phonology

(p.17) 2 Phonetics and Phonology
Indian English

Pingali Sailaja

Edinburgh University Press

The pronunciation of English in India is stated to belong on a cline. A standard variety of pronunciation labelled standard Indian English pronunciation (SIEP) is identified and is described along with various regional variations which are considered to be non-standard. Segmental features or specific consonants and vowels of SIEP and their several variations are described. The influence of spelling on the pronunciation of individual words is illustrated. Some aspects of suprasegmental features such as stress, rhythm and intonation are touched upon. Lack of uniformity in the accents across speakers limits the generalisations that are made particularly with regard to suprasegmental features.

Keywords:   standard, pronunciation, non-standard, variation, cline, segmental features, suprasegmental features

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