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Linguistic accommodation and the salience of national identity markers in a border town

Llamas, Carmen and Watt, Dominic and Johnson, Daniel Ezra (2009) Linguistic accommodation and the salience of national identity markers in a border town. Journal of Language and Social Psychology, 28 (4). pp. 381-407. ISSN 0261-927X

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Abstract

This study tests the extent of speakers’ linguistic accommodation to members of putative in-groups and out-groups in a border locality where such categorizations can be said to be particularly accentuated. Variation in the speech of informants in dialect contact interactions with separate interviewers is analyzed for evidence of speech accommodation in the form of phonological convergence or divergence. The data do not support a straightforward interpretation of accommodation, and findings are considered in terms of evidence required for such an account. Implications for the notion of salience in explanations of contact-induced language change are also considered, as is the significance of the “interviewer effect” in the compilation of data sets for use in quantitative studies of phonological variation and change.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Language and Social Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: accommodation ; salience ; phonological variable ; border ; national identity ; social identity theory
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Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 68945
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 21 Mar 2014 09:37
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 06:05
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/68945

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