A typology of laterals in twelve English dialects

Kirkham, Sam and Turton, Danielle and Leemann, Adrian (2020) A typology of laterals in twelve English dialects. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 148 (1). EL72-EL76. ISSN 0001-4966

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Allophonic patterns of variation in English laterals have been well studied in phonetics and phonology for decades, but establishing broad generalizations across varieties has proven challenging. In this study, we advance a typology of onset/coda lateral distinctions in English, using crowdsourced recordings from 95 speakers across twelve dialects of Anglo (UK) English. Results confirm the existence of dialects with and without onset/coda distinctions, and conditional inference trees are used to identity three main patterns in the data: (1) clear onsets and dark codas; (2) intermediate/dark onsets and dark codas, but with a positional distinction intact; (3) dark onsets and dark codas, with minimal or no distinctions between positions.

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Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
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