Title
Ethnicity as a source of changes in the London vowel system
Description
Abstract: Previous acoustic analyses of the short monophthongs of younger and older speakers in south-east England demonstrate a convergence in the vowel systems (Torgersen and Kerswill, 2004). Following Wells’s (1982) claim that London is the centre of accent innovation in the south-east, we suggested that the change was driven by diffusion from London. Analyses of vowels of young and elderly informants in inner and outer London boroughs suggest that, in fact, many young Londoners are engaged in a process of innovation and divergence, not levelling. We find variation between ethnic groups, and this points to inter-ethnic relations as a source of innovation in London English.
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Book details
Language
English
Author
Eivind Torgersen
Author
Paul Kerswill
Editor
Frans Hinsken
Author
Susan Fox

London English; ethnic minority speech; dialectology; speech; vocal. verbal; London; English; dialect

Is this item peer reviewed?
Yes
ISBN
9789027234810
Publisher
John Benjamins Publishing
Date of publication
01 January 2006
Number of pages
279
Page reference
249-263
Place of publication
Amsterdam
Series title
Studies in language variation
Book title
Language variation - European perspectives : selected papers from the third international conference on language variation in Europe (ICLaVE3), Amsterdam, June 2005
Is this item a pre-print or post-print?
Preprint
Harvard
Torgersen, Eivind et al (2006) Ethnicity as a source of changes in the London vowel system. In: Language variation - European perspectives : selected papers from the third international conference on language variation in Europe (ICLaVE3), Amsterdam, June 2005. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing. pp. 249-263.
Vancouver
Torgersen Eivind et al. Ethnicity as a source of changes in the London vowel system. In: Language variation - European perspectives : selected papers from the third international conference on language variation in Europe (ICLaVE3), Amsterdam, June 2005. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing; 2006. p. 249-263.