DRESS-down: /ε/-lowering in apparent time in a rural Scottish community

Holmes-Elliott, S. and Smith, J. (2015) DRESS-down: /ε/-lowering in apparent time in a rural Scottish community. In: ICPhS 2015: 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow, UK, 10-14 Aug 2015,

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This paper presents a sociophonetic investigation of /ɛ/-lowering in apparent time. The data come from 24 speakers, across three generations from Buckie, northeast Scotland (12 males, 12 females). Acoustic analysis of the DRESS-vowel reveals that it is lowering in apparent time. Inspection of the constraints reveals an interaction of internal and external constraints. Analysis of the phonetic context revealed that following-l promoted DRESS lowering. However, this conditioning was only significant for the young females who were shown to be leading the change. The results presented here are related to broader phonological characteristics of the Buckie dialect as well as ongoing changes in a number of different English varieties.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Keywords:phonetics, language change, sociolinguistics, sociophonetics
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Holmes-Elliott, Dr Sophie and Smith, Professor Jennifer
Authors: Holmes-Elliott, S., and Smith, J.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
594331One Speaker, two dialects: bidialectalism across the generations in a Scottish community.Jennifer SmithEconomic & Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/K000861/1CRIT - ENGLISH LANGUAGE