Foreign (a) in North American English: Variation and Change in Loan Phonology

@article{Boberg2020ForeignI,
  title={Foreign (a) in North American English: Variation and Change in Loan Phonology},
  author={Charles Boberg},
  journal={Journal of English Linguistics},
  year={2020},
  volume={48},
  pages={31 - 71}
}
  • Charles Boberg
  • Published 11 January 2020
  • Linguistics
  • Journal of English Linguistics
Previous research has shown that Canadian English displays a unique pattern of nativizing the stressed vowel of foreign words spelled with the letter , like lava, pasta, and spa, known as foreign (a), with more use of /æ/ (the trap vowel) and less use of /ah/ (the palm vowel) than American English. This paper analyzes one hundred examples of foreign (a), produced by sixty-one Canadian and thirty-one American English-speakers, in order to shed more light on this pattern and its current… 
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