Lancaster EPrints

Internal and external motivation in phonetic change: dialect levelling outcomes for an English vowel shift.

Torgersen, Eivind and Kerswill, Paul (2004) Internal and external motivation in phonetic change: dialect levelling outcomes for an English vowel shift. Journal of Sociolinguistics, 8 (1). pp. 23-53. ISSN 1360-6441

Full text not available from this repository.

Abstract

This article is a contribution to the debate about the primacy of internal versus external factors in language change (Farrar and Jones 2002; Thomason and Kaufman 1988). Taking Labov's Principles of Vowel Shifting (Labov 1994) as representing internal factors, we examine a vowel shift in Ashford, south‐east of London. F1 and F2 measurements of the short vowels suggest a classic chain shift, largely following Labov's Principles II and III (though Labov's assumption that London short front vowels are rising is shown to be wrong). However, corresponding data from Reading, west of London, evidence no signs of a chain shift. The two datasets show identical targets for the changes in each town. Thus, there has been convergence between the two short vowel systems – from different starting points. We argue that a dialect contact model is more explanatory than internal factors in this case of regional dialect levelling in the south‐east of England.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Sociolinguistics
Additional Information: The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com (c) Blackwell 2004.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 1081
Deposited By: Professor Paul Kerswill
Deposited On: 30 Jan 2008 15:54
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2016 00:00
Identification Number:
URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1081

Actions (login required)

View Item