Palauan English

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

Phonological features

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

Palauan English is rhotic.

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

Vowel variations

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]

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