Monday, February 06, 2006

ESL/IEI/Tutoring: Pronunciation: Canadian Raising

Another site to help students identify various accents and dialects. This is on the familiar Canadian sound (also prevalent in some areas of WI and MI) call Canadian Raising. Not a large site, but the examples are good and easy to access.

"Canadian raising is a phonological process characteristic of several varieties of Canadian English, in which the onsets of the diphthongs /ay/ and /aw/ raise to mid vowels when they precede voiceless obstruents (the sounds /p/, /t/, /k/, /s/, and /f/). Click on the speaker icons below to hear genuine examples of Canadian raising."