Diphthongs in Ugandan English

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This chapter examines whether Luganda influence on Ugandan English can beconfirmed at the level of phonology or whether Ugandan English is the result ofInteractions across ethnic Englishes in the sense of Meierkord (2012). It presentsthe results of spectrographic analyses of the lexical sets face, goat, price,choice, and mouth, focusing on fifteen speakers who have Acholi-Lango,Luganda and Runyankore-Rukiga as their first languages. These languagesdiffer as regards their vowel systems, particularly as regards their tolerance ofdiphthongs. The results will be discussed with reference to Uganda’s present-daysociolinguistic realities, to assess whether ethnic varieties of English exist andwhether Ugandan English is a homogeneous variety primarily influenced byLuganda or the result of Interactions across Englishes.


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