London is said to be the source of linguistic innovation in Britain in pronunciation and grammar. Quantitative sociolinguistic research in the southeast centres outside London, and notes great dialect levelling (homogenisation), with features apparently diffusing from London. London has not yet seen a systematic sociolinguistic study, and we will remedy this. Our study takes account of (1) London’s massive multilingualism; (2) linguistic innovation in adolescence; (3) the effect of a ‘multiracial vernacular’ among young Londoners on mainstream speech; (4) differences in ethnic makeup, mobility and networks between inner and outer London, resulting in differences in capacity to innovate and spread linguistic features. We sample 72 16-19 year olds in two boroughs, using quantitative and qualitative methods to find explanations for their speech patterns. We seek the origins of linguistic change in London’s complex social mix, thus gaining a critical understanding of levelling in Britain.



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Non-technical summary

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Full research report

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Annexe

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Dialect levelling is dead : innovation in inner-London teenage speech

Creator: Paul Kerswill Date: Thursday, March 29, 2007 Presentation/lecture

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Where are English accents heading? : the familiar and the strange

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Linguistic innovators : the English of adolescents in London

Author: Paul Kerswill Date: Thursday, March 29, 2007 Website

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Ethnicity as a source of changes in the London vowel system

Author: Eivind Torgersen Date: Sunday, January 1, 2006 Book chapter

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Ethnicity as a source of changes in the London vowel system

Author: Eivind Torgersen Date: Sunday, January 1, 2006 Book chapter

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Ethnicity as a source of changes in the London vowel system

Author: Paul Kerswill Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2005 Conference paper/presentation

Start date
Thursday, September 30, 2004
End date
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Grant holder
Professor Paul Kerswill
Co-applicants
Professor Jennifer Cheshire
Grant amount
$277,412.20
Grant reference
RES-000-23-0680
Discipline
Linguistics (General)
Linguistics
Grant type