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Towards an explanation of phonetic differentiation in masculine and feminine personal names

Hough, C. (2000) Towards an explanation of phonetic differentiation in masculine and feminine personal names. Journal of Linguistics , 36 (1). pp. 1-11. ISSN 0022-2267

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Abstract

Recent research has identified characteristic differences between the phonetic structures of names and of ordinary nouns, with particularly distinctive patterns being exhibited by feminine personal names. No explanation has yet been found. This paper suggests that the solution lies not in the English sound system, as has previously been assumed, but in differences between the linguistic origins of the various types of material.

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s):Hough, Prof Carole
Authors: Hough, C.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language
Journal Name:Journal of Linguistics
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0022-2267
ISSN (Online):1469-7742
Published Online:8 September 2000
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