DRESS-Down: /ε/-lowering in Apparent Tme in a Rural Scottish Community

Holmes-Elliott, S. and Smith, J. (2015) DRESS-Down: /ε/-lowering in Apparent Tme in a Rural Scottish Community. In: XVIII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences. ICPhS 2015, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 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
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Holmes-Elliott, Dr Sophie and Smith, Professor Jennifer
Authors: Holmes-Elliott, S., and Smith, J.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the authors

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