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The FACE of Change in English Dialects: 1950 v 2018


Leemann, Adrian; Blaxter, Tam; Britain, David; Earnshaw, Kate (2019). The FACE of Change in English Dialects: 1950 v 2018. In: 19th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Melbourne, Australia, 5 August 2019 - 9 August 2019, 373-377.

Abstract

In this case study we examine change in the FACE vowel across England. We used contemporary dialect data from more than 40,000 speakers – collected with the English Dialects smartphone app – and compared them to historical Atlas data from the 1950s. Results revealed substantial leveling tendencies towards Standard Southern British English [ei] – Geordie [iə] and [iɐ], however, appear to resist this change. We further discuss methodological limitations, such as the reliability of collecting response data through smartphone applications. Using this case study as a model, future work using the English Dialects App Corpus aims to reveal further patterns of feature diffusion and dialect leveling in English dialects.

Abstract

In this case study we examine change in the FACE vowel across England. We used contemporary dialect data from more than 40,000 speakers – collected with the English Dialects smartphone app – and compared them to historical Atlas data from the 1950s. Results revealed substantial leveling tendencies towards Standard Southern British English [ei] – Geordie [iə] and [iɐ], however, appear to resist this change. We further discuss methodological limitations, such as the reliability of collecting response data through smartphone applications. Using this case study as a model, future work using the English Dialects App Corpus aims to reveal further patterns of feature diffusion and dialect leveling in English dialects.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not_refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of German Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:430 German & related languages
Language:English
Event End Date:9 August 2019
Deposited On:15 Feb 2020 13:59
Last Modified:18 Feb 2020 20:30
Publisher:ICPhS2019
ISBN:978-0-646-80069-1
OA Status:Green
Official URL:https://assta.org/proceedings/ICPhS2019/

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