IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(1): 90-94 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.429

A Sociolinguistic Study of Vowel Harmony in Persian: People with Different Gender Use of Vowel Harmony Perspective

Morad Bagherzadeh Kasmani
Abstract—The data of the present article was collected through a randomly classified data collection process and Labovian sociolinguistic interviews; the data, then, was analyzed through the Pearson Chi square method by means of SPSS. The data was described through cross tabulations and diagrams as well. In addition, the multivariate log linear has been conducted to determine which of the independent variables under study affects the use of vowel harmony more than the other, the gender or style. A total of 47 informants were interviewed: there are two groups of informants, 27 I.R.I.B. employees (15 male and 12 female) and 20 university students (10 male and 10 female). The subjects' speech has also been examined in different styles (Free Speech, Reading Sentences, Fast Word Reading and Slow Word Reading). The hypothesis of the present survey research is that there is a significant difference between and among different groups of informants' accents regarding their use of vowel harmony. The results of the study shows that female people tend to use more formal and more prestige variants than male ones leading to a change in language in general (and in the use of vowel harmony in particular).

Index Terms—Gender, vowel harmony, extra linguistic factors, prestige, formal.

Gender, vowel harmony, extra linguistic factors, prestige, formal.

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Cite: Morad Bagherzadeh Kasmani, " A Sociolinguistic Study of Vowel Harmony in Persian: People with Different Gender Use of Vowel Harmony Perspective," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 90-94, 2015.

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