THE PHONOLOGY OF RHONDDA VALLEYS ENGLISH

This 2019 edition contains additional sound-clips and a full archive of sound recordings and transcripts.

The Rhondda Accent

The pages and recordings that follow are a study of working-class male pronunciation in a South Wales 'Valleys' accent of English. Symbols and technical terms used are explained for the non-specialist reader in the Glossary. The accent studied is that of Rhondda Valleys English (RVE). It is similar to accents across the whole of the 'Valleys' area of south-east Wales. Readers can hear the consonants, vowels, intonational cadences etc in sound-clips throughout the text, and can access the full recordings in the Archive.

Rod Walters

Rod Walters was born in Neath, South Wales in 1939. He has spent most of his working life overseas, including 12 years in British Government funded EFL programmes in the Middle East. Returning to Wales in 1990, he worked until retirement in 2004 as a senior lecturer in the University of Glamorgan. His research interests have been in the phonology of South Wales 'Valleys English'. He has found that the features which contribute most strongly to 'Valleys' accents have been influenced by the Welsh Language. Given his background in music [LRAM], he is particularly interested in identifying and describing the prosodic features that form the distinctive 'melody' of Valleys accents of English, features which, though differing in phonetic detail, are (to his ear) found in many other Welsh accents of English.

Publications

Contact

Contact: E-mail (Home) rod@jrwalters.co.uk or roddy.walters@gmail.com

Acknowledgements

My thanks are due to the University of Glamorgan Research Committee for funding this research, and to my two supervisors, Alan James and Paul Tench, for their unfailing wise counsel over the years. I also thank

Finally, I express my deep gratitude to the officials and members, many of them unemployed miners, of the Tynewydd Workmen's Club & the Conservative Workmen's Club (the "Con") at Treherbert, the Maerdy Workmen's Club, and the Cymmer Pioneer Workmen's Club & Cymmer Workmen's Hall at Porth. Their warmth and welcome made the job of interviewing easy and an experience I will never forget.