Afrikaans Essay

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South African: Background: Afrikaans was originally considered a dialect of Dutch until the early 20th century. The South African dialect is one of the most cumulative dialects in the world. It contains British, German, Dutch, Australian and many others.. Placement: Shockingly, you keep the relaxed jaw while using this dialect. A lot of the sounds come from almost the throat, but a little forward. Signature Sounds 1. In the South African Dialect, speakers will exchange the [I] in kit with a schwa. If the sound is followed by p,t,k [i]is sometimes heard. Examples: ship, rib, slither, myth, pretty, women, still, mirror, different. 2. The (ε) in dress is pronounced with a closer, shorter, and more tense dialect. Often heard as (e) but sometimes pronounced with an [I] Examples: step ebb, shelf, friends, bread, ready, seven, stressed, letter 3. Instead of æ (as in Trap) we are more likely to hear the ε, from dress. Remember that one? Examples: tab, cab, happy, Africa, apparently 4. The O in lot and cloth are made with a more lip rounding sound. This results in that back throaty-esque sound. It is somewhere between an O and AH. Examples: stop, rob, tom, long 5. In this set of words, we get the awkward Uh sound that isn’t quite there. This occurs in words like foot. In these examples, we will be using more of the oo sound, which is often lengthened by many speakers. Examples: put, full, cukoo, good, woman, look 6. For words such as bath, an Afrikaans speaker will use the AH sound. May become a tad lip-rounded. Examples: staff, path, brass, master, basket 7. When speaking Afrikaans, they will “vigorously trill” the letter R wherever it occurs in the word. However, when speaking English, if the R follows a vowel, it is completely forgotten. This is much like RP or Australian. Examples: beer, here, floor, war, tourist, bear, weird, fierce, years 8.

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