Dr. Billian Otundo


E-Mail: beexalayi@gmail.com

Completed Project

Exploring Ethnically-Marked Varieties of Kenyan English: Intonation and Associated Attitudes


This PHD project was published and is available at the website of LIT Verlag:


otundoOn a quest to satisfy the need for acoustic documentation of pronunciation norms of Standard Kenyan English, there were predominant deviations which identify users of Ethnically Marked Varieties of Kenyan English. The study documents findings on tenets of Ethnic Markedness by two groups that revealed maximally distinct pronunciation. Data collection and analysis encompassed systematic recording, annotation and acoustic scrutiny. Moreover, attitudes that other Kenyans hold toward the selected varieties are exposed. The study is a primary source in the genres of World Englishes, speech science, prosody and interlanguage pronunciation.