Fronting is not Monolithic : Two Types of Fronted / u / in Houston Anglos

@inproceedings{Koops2014FrontingIN,
  title={Fronting is not Monolithic : Two Types of Fronted / u / in Houston Anglos},
  author={Christian Thorsten Koops},
  year={2014}
}
Houston Anglos of all ages show advanced degrees of /u/-fronting. However, a close acoustic analysis of the fronted /u/ of younger and older Anglo Houstonians reveals two distinct types: a more monophthongal type, consistent with prior descriptions of fronted /u/ in the rural South, and a more diphthongal type, consistent with descriptions of /u/-fronting in non-Southern speakers. The two types differ in a number of fine temporal and spectral details. This provides an opportunity to test the… CONTINUE READING