Palauan English

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Palauan English is the dialect of English spoken by the Palauan People.

Phonological features[edit]

Palauan English has many features, especially in the phonology, that show the influence of the Palauan language. It is also influenced by American English.

Consonant variations[edit]

Palauan English is rhotic.

The interdental fricatives /θ/ and /ð/ are often realized as [t̪] and [d̪].

Vowel variations[edit]

KIT: /ɪ/ = [kɪt]
DRESS: /ɛ/ = [dɹɛs]
TRAP: /æ/ = [tɹæp]
LOT: /ɑ/ = [lɑt]
STRUT: /ʌ/ = [stɹʌt]
FOOT: /ʊ/ = [fʊt]
FLEECE: /i/ = [flis]
FACE: /e:/ or /eɪ/ = [fe:s] or [feɪs]
PALM: /ɑː/ = [pɑ:m]
THOUGHT: /ɑ/ = [t̪ɑt] or [θɑt]
GOAT: /o:/ or /oʊ/ = [go:t] or [goʊt]
NEAR: /iɚ/ or /ɪɚ/ = [niɚ] or [nɪɚ]
SQUARE: /ɛɚ/ = [skɛɚ]
START: /ɑː/ = [stɑɚt]
FORCE: /oː/ = [foɚs]
SURE: /o.ɚ/ = [ʃo.ɚ]
NURSE: /ɚ/ = [nɚs]
GOOSE: /u/ = [gus]
PRICE: /ɑɪ/ = [pɹɑɪs]
CHOICE: /ɔɪ/ = [tʃɔɪs]
MOUTH: /ɑʊ/ = [mɑʊt̪] or [mɑʊθ]
HAPPY: /i/ = [hæ.pi]
LETTER: /ɚ/ = [lɛt.ɚ]
HORSES: /ɪ/ = [hoɚsɪz]
COMMA: /ə/ = [kɑm.ə]