14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999


Vowel Phonology Of Asian Englishes: Towards a Characterization of “International English”

Paroo Nihalani

Oita National University, Japan

Various native varieties of English are shown to differ from each other in major ways, as much, perhaps, as the non-native varieties differ from the native varieties. Nevertheless, native speakers of English appear to be mutually intelligible to a degree that does not extend to the non-native varieties. Obviously there are features that various native accents have in common which facilitate their mutual intelligibility, and these features are not shared by non-native accents. It is proposed that the foreign learner of English adopts certain core features of English in his pronunciation if he is to use English effectively as an ‘international language’. The common core that is significant in the communication process is discussed.

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Bibliographic reference.  Nihalani, Paroo (1999): "Vowel phonology of asian Englishes: towards a characterization of “international English”", In ICPhS-14, 97-100.