A contrastive analysis of the phonologies of two Fiji English dialects: A diagnostic guide for speech language pathologists

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Abstract

Speech–language pathologists (SLPs) are increasingly aware of the need to minimize the impact of cultural and linguistic mismatch when working with culturally and linguistically diverse clients. Consequently, there is a growing body of literature designed for the SLP to obtain an understanding of the characteristics of languages and dialects that may be outside the SLPs' previous experience. This paper provides a review of the phonological features of two Fiji English dialects (Fijian Fiji English and Fiji Hindi Fiji English). This information is provided to assist English-speaking SLPs' diagnostic decision-making when working with people from Fiji who wish to improve their speech intelligibility and to differentiate between speech difference and speech sound disorder in young Fiji children. The Fiji languages influence the phonetics and phonology of Fiji English dialects to varying degrees. Consequently basilectal (heavily accented) speakers have many differences when compared to acrolectal (lightly accented) speakers. Acknowledging the diversity in Fiji English speech production, this paper provides a review of phonetic and phonemic variants for basilectal and acrolectal speakers of Fijian Fiji English and Fiji Hindi Fiji English.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-104
Number of pages9
JournalSpeech, Language and Hearing
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Grant Number

  • FT0990588

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