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English as a Lingua Franca in AseanA Multilingual Model$
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Andy Kirkpatrick

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028795

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028795.001.0001

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Pronunciation, intelligibility and lexis

Pronunciation, intelligibility and lexis

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English as a Lingua Franca in Asean

Andy Kirkpatrick

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter describes a selection of the phonological and lexical features of English-language speakers in Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries. It discusses phonological features identified in ASEAN English lingua franca speech which appear to be shared by speakers from different countries, and considers the question of mutual and international intelligibility of ASEAN English as a lingua franca. The findings reveal a great degree of phonological variation in the lingua franca English of speakers from ASEAN, including the tendency to avoid the use of reduced vowels and a related tendency towards syllable timing.

Keywords:   English language, ASEAN countries, phonological features, lexical features, lingua franca, intelligibility, reduced vowels, syllable timing

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