Regional variation in British English voice Quality

Gold, E. and Kirchhubel, C. and Earnshaw, K. and Ross, S. (2022) Regional variation in British English voice Quality. English World-Wide, 43 (1). pp. 96-123. ISSN 0172-8865

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This study considers regional variation of voice quality in two varieties of British English - Southern Standard British English and West Yorkshire English. A comparison of voice quality profiles for three closely related but not identical northern varieties within West Yorkshire is also considered. Our findings do not contradict the small subset of previous research which explored regional and/or social variation in voice quality in British English insofar as regionality may play a small role in a speaker's voice quality profile. However, factors such as social standing and identity could perhaps be even more relevant. Even when considering homogeneous groups of speakers, it is not the case that there is a cohesive voice quality profile that can be attached to every speaker within the group. The reason for this, we argue, is the speaker-specificity inherent in voice quality.

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English World-Wide
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?? british englishregional variationvocal profile analysisvoice qualitywest yorkshire englishlinguistics and languagelanguage and linguistics ??
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