Monophthongal vowel changes in Received Pronunciation: an acoustic analysis of the Queen's Christmas broadcasts

@article{Harrington2000MonophthongalVC,
  title={Monophthongal vowel changes in Received Pronunciation: an acoustic analysis of the Queen's Christmas broadcasts},
  author={Jonathan Harrington and Sallyanne Palethorpe and Catherine Inez Watson},
  journal={Journal of the International Phonetic Association},
  year={2000},
  volume={30},
  pages={63 - 78}
}
In this paper we analyse the extent to which an adult's vowel space is affected by vowel changes to the community using a database of nine Christmas broadcasts made by Queen Elizabeth II spanning three time periods (the 1950's; the late 1960's/early 70's; the 1980's). An analysis of the monophthongal formant space showed that the first formant frequency was generally higher for open vowels, and lower for mid-high vowels in the 1960's and 1980's data than in the 1950's data, which we interpret… 
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