flan, anyone?

The pink dot in the chart shows F1 and F2 values for the vowel in flan as spoken by an American (in pink); the blue dots show a variety of vowels spoken by a Scot. US flan is closer to Scottish /ɔ/ and /o/ than /a/, when the values for these vowels are measured from the following handful of words which happened to be in my files:

  • /o/ from coat, rope, story, roadblock, gold-digger
  • /ɔ/ from fawn, lorry, chops, quantity, conscience
  • /a/ from lamb, grandmother, blackbird, glass, magpie, magic

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The other vowels are just added in for comparison – I started off with /i/ (as in deed, bean, leaf, bean, beam) and /u/ (as in queue, toothpaste, cartoon, saloon, movement, tuna) to complete the triangle with /a/ (except that it didn’t make a triangle, somewhat predictably, hence the inclusion of /o/). You can fill in /e/ and /ɛ/ for yourself (that’s as in bait, gate, etc for /e/ and bet, deck, etc for /ɛ/) – they’d go down the right hand side somewhere (see here for a rough idea – and even more vowels!).

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8 thoughts on “flan, anyone?

  1. Wow – thank you so much, Cath! I do, however, now feel quite guilty about distracting you from your PhD work with my inane trivialities :oops:

    I take it you have some fancy software package that you play sounds into and it plots the results for you?

    G

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  2. Nothing to feel guilty about! It’s not difficult at all, plus it gave me the chance to confirm that the values for /u/ which i plotted on that earlier chart are actually representative, not just a blip from choosing the wrong word to analyse. (I still need to look at other speakers – this is just data from one speaker so maybe that /u/ will move more rightwards on the chart where it’s canonically expected to be (see here eg), altho i somehow doubt it

    In terms of software, i swear by Praat :)

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  3. Explain Spaceship in liguistic terms Cath and I can prove I ‘aint delusional right now :). Also explain Alex Salmond, three FCC scallywags and demons in the same pizza box and I can tell my GP and psych that I ‘aint deluded :).

    Methinks it’s time for mair Barley cup :)

    And by the way some folk from the FCC use worse software than Praat. They use Road Angel – shocking!

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  4. Well, i’m comparing one Scottish speaker with one American speaker who are both presumably representative of their local dialects. I’d love to make it *more* representative but it’ll have to wait till i have time & opportunity (read: funding)

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