Rhoticity in Black South African English – a sociolinguistic study

  title={Rhoticity in Black South African English – a sociolinguistic study},
  author={Dieter Hartmann and Sabine Zerbian},
  journal={Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies},
  pages={135 - 148}
Abstract This article investigates the phenomenon of rhoticity in the speech of black speakers of South African English. Historically, South African English is non-rhotic. Thus, any shift towards a rhotic variant is a significant language change. Thirty-nine interviews were conducted with both males and female participants. The two groups were evenly split into more and less affluent groups. It was found that rhoticity in Black South African English is preferentially a female phenomenon, found… 
A perception test for the deracialisation of middle class South African English
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‘To err is human: The case for neorhoticity in White South African English
Abstract While neorhoticity in acrolectal black South African English has been investigated and confirmed by Hartmann and Zerbian (2009), and while a few commentators (including Bailey 1984, Da Silva
Rhoticity in Chinese English: An experimental investigation on the realization of the variant (r) in an Expanding Circle variety
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This paper looks at the use of /r/-sandhi in the speech of Queen Elizabeth II. Potential contexts of /r/-sandhi were identified and analysed for the presence or absence of rhoticity and
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