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Ethnicity as a source of changes in the London vowel system.

Torgersen, Eivind and Kerswill, Paul and Fox, Susan (2006) Ethnicity as a source of changes in the London vowel system. In: Language Variation - European Perspectives. Selected Papers from the Third International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE3). John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 249-263. ISBN 978-9027234810

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Abstract

Previous acoustic analyses of the short monophthongs of younger and older speakers in south-east England demonstrate a convergence in the vowel systems (Torgersen and Kerswill, 2004). Following Wells’s (1982) claim that London is the centre of accent innovation in the south-east, it was suggested that the change was driven by diffusion from London. Analyses of vowels of young and elderly informants in London suggest that, in fact, many young Londoners are engaged in a process of innovation and divergence, not levelling. We find variation between ethnic groups, and this points to inter-ethnic relations as a source of innovation in London English.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 31834
Deposited By: Professor Paul Kerswill
Deposited On: 24 Feb 2010 13:58
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 21:44
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/31834

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