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The emergence of gendered production between childhood and adolescence: a real time analysis of /s/ in Southern British English

The emergence of gendered production between childhood and adolescence: a real time analysis of /s/ in Southern British English
The emergence of gendered production between childhood and adolescence: a real time analysis of /s/ in Southern British English
This paper investigates gendered speech development between childhood and adolescence. A longitudinal sociophonetic analysis of /s/ was conducted across a panel of 13 speakers, first recorded aged 9-11 and again at 13-15. Acoustic measures of Centre of Gravity (CoG) revealed a significant interaction between Year of Interview and Gender. Male CoG significantly fell, while female CoG significantly rose. These data suggest that gendered speech styles emerge incrementally over time. Moreover, as CoG is inversely related to vocal tract length, typical physical development would predict a fall over time for both genders. As we only find this for the males, this indicates the emergence of gendered /s/ production is primarily driven by females. Inspection of style in the adolescent data supports this interpretation: only females show significant stylistic conditioning, while males are consistent across contexts. These findings are discussed in relation to the role of women in language variation and change.
Holmes-Elliott, Sophie
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Turner, James
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Holmes-Elliott, Sophie
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Turner, James
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Holmes-Elliott, Sophie and Turner, James (2019) The emergence of gendered production between childhood and adolescence: a real time analysis of /s/ in Southern British English. XVIIIth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, , Melbourne, Australia. 05 - 09 Aug 2019. 4 pp .

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This paper investigates gendered speech development between childhood and adolescence. A longitudinal sociophonetic analysis of /s/ was conducted across a panel of 13 speakers, first recorded aged 9-11 and again at 13-15. Acoustic measures of Centre of Gravity (CoG) revealed a significant interaction between Year of Interview and Gender. Male CoG significantly fell, while female CoG significantly rose. These data suggest that gendered speech styles emerge incrementally over time. Moreover, as CoG is inversely related to vocal tract length, typical physical development would predict a fall over time for both genders. As we only find this for the males, this indicates the emergence of gendered /s/ production is primarily driven by females. Inspection of style in the adolescent data supports this interpretation: only females show significant stylistic conditioning, while males are consistent across contexts. These findings are discussed in relation to the role of women in language variation and change.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 May 2019
Published date: 5 August 2019
Venue - Dates: XVIIIth International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, , Melbourne, Australia, 2019-08-05 - 2019-08-09

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URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/432202
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Date deposited: 04 Jul 2019 16:30
Last modified: 22 Nov 2021 07:29

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Author: Sophie Holmes-Elliott
Author: James Turner

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