Performing "Up The Shore": a stylistic analysis of Newfoundland Irish English vowels in the Ferryland dinner theatre

Deal, Rachel Susan Grace (2016) Performing "Up The Shore": a stylistic analysis of Newfoundland Irish English vowels in the Ferryland dinner theatre. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study is a variationist sociolinguistic analysis of two speech styles, performance and interview, of a dinner theatre troupe in Ferryland on the Southern Shore of Newfoundland. Five actors and ten of their characters are analyzed to test if their vowels change across styles. The study adopts a variationist framework with a Community of Practice model, drawing on Bell’s audience and referee design to argue that the performers’ stage conventions and identity construction are influenced by a third person referee: the Idealized Authentic Newfoundlander (IAN). Under this view the goal of the performer is to both communicate with and entertain the audience, which requires different tactics when speaking. These tactics manifest phonetically and are discussed in a quantitative, statistical analysis of the acoustic measurements of the vowel tokens [variables FACE, KIT, LOT/PALM and GOAT lexical sets with Newfoundland Irish English (NIE) variants] and a qualitative discussion.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/12110
Item ID: 12110
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 180-193).
Keywords: Sociophonetics, Newfoundland Irish English Vowels, Ferryland, Dinner Theatre, Audience Design, Referee Design, Community of Practice, Identity, Stylistic variation, Performance
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Linguistics
Date: May 2016
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Newfoundland and Labrador--Ferryland
Library of Congress Subject Heading: English language--Dialects--Newfoundland and Labrador--Ferryland; English language--Vowels; English language--Social aspects--Newfoundland and Labrador--Ferryland; Speech acts (Linguistics)

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