Our next English Language and Linguistics seminar is an online event at 12noon on Wednesday 18th of May 2022. The speaker is Professor Jane Setter from the University of Reading and she will be talking on Speech Prosody in South-East Asian Englishes

Jane Setter is Professor of Phonetics at the University of Reading, UK, and a National Teaching Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy. She began her academic career at the University of Leeds in 1992 before moving to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 1995, returning to the UK in 2001, and is a regular contributor to the University College London Summer Course in English Phonetics. Professor Setter has published widely on phonology in second language Englishes and emerging global varieties of English, and also in children with speech and language differences, with a particular focus on suprasegmental aspects such as rhythm and intonation. She is probably best known as co-editor of the Cambridge English Pronunciation Dictionary (CUP, 2011), the Cambridge Handbook of Phonetics (CUP, 2022), and as co-author of Hong Kong English (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) and single author of Your Voice Speaks Volumes: it’s not what you say, but how you say it (OUP, 2019).  A popular keynote speaker at international conferences, Professor Setter is a regular commentator in the British media on issues relating to English pronunciation, speech features and attitudes to accents, and has appeared on UK television and radio. In her spare time, Professor Setter is an accomplished rock vocalist.

Here is the abstract:

Speech Prosody in South-East Asian Englishes

Intonation is one of the earliest acquired aspects of human speech and is now thought to be acquired pre-birth in a child’s first language (L1). L1-specific patterns of speech rhythm emerge shortly before a child is school-age. This presentation looks at some of the suprasegmental aspects of speakers who have English as a second (L2) or additional language, focusing on research on the emergent variety, Hong Kong English, and L2 learners from Malaysia, China and Vietnam. We will consider patterns in the different speaker varieties, and also issues of teaching and learning.

The talk takes place online.

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