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Billian Khalayi Otundo
Exploring Ethnically-Marked Varieties of Kenyan English
Intonation and Associated Attitudes
Reihe: Beiträge zur Afrikaforschung
Bd. 83, 2018, 264 S., 34.90 EUR, 34.90 CHF, br., ISBN 978-3-643-90970-1

On a quest to satisfy the need for acoustic documentation of pronunciation norms of Standard Kenyan English, there were predominant deviations which identify users of Ethnically Marked Varieties  of Kenyan English. The study documents findings on tenets of Ethnic Markedness  by two groups that revealed maximally distinct pronunciation. Data collection and analysis encompassed systematic recording, annotation and acoustic scrutiny. Moreover, attitudes that other Kenyans hold toward the selected varieties are exposed. The study is a primary source in the genres of World Englishes, speech science, prosody and interlanguage pronunciation.

Billian Khalayi Otundo is a Kenyan national currently pursuing her post-doctoral research in a collaborative project of Moi University (Kenya ) and Radboud University (The Netherlands). She holds a Doctorate Degree (PhD) in Linguistics from the University of Bayreuth (Germany). She has professional experience in administration and teaching in the higher education sector with interests in phonetics and phonology, sociolinguistics, communication studies and quality assurance.

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