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

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

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.
University of Glasgow
Holmes-Elliott, Sophie
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Smith, Jennifer
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Holmes-Elliott, Sophie
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Smith, Jennifer
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Holmes-Elliott, Sophie and Smith, Jennifer (2015) DRESS down: /ɛ/-lowering in apparent time in a rural Scottish community. In Proceedings of ICPhS 2015. University of Glasgow. 5 pp .

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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.

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Published date: 15 August 2015

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/416232
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