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Creating a new town koine : children and language change in Milton Keynes.

Kerswill, Paul and Williams, Ann (2000) Creating a new town koine : children and language change in Milton Keynes. Language in Society, 29 (1). pp. 65-115. ISSN 0047-4045

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Abstract

Koineization – the development of a new, mixed variety following dialect contact – has well-documented outcomes. However, there have been few studies of the phenomenon actually in progress. This article describes the development of a new variety in the English New Town of Milton Keynes, designated in 1967. The article is structured around eight “principles” that relate the process of koineization to its outcomes. Recordings were made of 48 Milton Keynes-born children in three age groups (4, 8, and 12), the principal caregiver of each child, and several elderly locally born residents. Quantitative analysis of ten phonetic variables suggests that substantial but not complete focusing occurs in the child generation. The lack of linguistic continuity in the New Town is demonstrated, and the time scale of koineization there is discussed. Finally, it is shown that demography and the social-network characteristics of individuals are crucial to the outcomes of koineization.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Language in Society
Additional Information: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=LSY The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Language in Society, 29 (1), pp 65-115 2000, © 2000 Cambridge University Press.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Language change ; language variation ; dialect contact ; koineization ; English dialects ; child language ; New Towns.
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 1082
Deposited By: Professor Paul Kerswill
Deposited On: 30 Jan 2008 15:57
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2016 00:00
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1082

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