Amplifiers by H.Lewis York

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Qxd 17/5/07 3:59 pm Page 35 Phil's G4 Phil's G4:Users:phil PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY 35 Singapore English, and this suggests that it fulfils an important function, to mark the end of the utterance. One conclusion drawn by Goh is that a model of discourse intonation established for British English needs some modifications before it can be applied to the analysis of English in Singapore. 22 Early booster There is a tendency for prominent high pitch to occur at the start of an utterance in Singapore, something that has been termed ‘boosted pitch’ (Deterding 1994) and an early ‘booster’ (Low 2000).

Talking about it, whether you’ll be posted to a secondary school or JC {iF13-g:134} A few of the other instances of missing -s suffixes with singular subjects are require in extract 26, do in 27 and look in 28. (26) and that require you to be able . . you yourself be enthusiastic about the subject {iF13-h:287} (27) other than that, he . . he do some . . er . . pen-zai ah, bonsai ah, you call that, yah {iF13-k:259} (28) nowadays she . . she look after my niece and nephews, yah {iF13-l:09} Given this rate of over 92 per cent for the expected subject-verb agreement with third-person subjects, it is best to conclude that this agreement is standard with just a few exceptions rather than suggest that use of the -s suffix is random.

9 Non-prevocalic [r] In many varieties of English, including RP British English, and the Englishes of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, an [r] can only occur before a vowel (it must be prevocalic), and this is the usual pattern in Singapore. In contrast, in most varieties of American and Scottish English, an [r] is pronounced wherever it occurs in the spelling, including at the end of a word (as in car) or before another consonant (as in park). This use of non-prevocalic [r] seems to be becoming increasingly common among Singaporeans, perhaps as an influence from Hollywood and also the American music industry (Poedjosoedarmo 2000b), and it seems to be regarded as ‘cool’ by many young people in Singapore.

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