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LINGUIST List 20.2288

Thu Jun 25 2009

Diss: Phonetics/Phonology: Pukli: 'Investigation sociophonétique de...'

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        1.    Monika Pukli, Investigation sociophonétique de l'anglais en Ecosse: le cas de Ayr

Message 1: Investigation sociophonétique de l'anglais en Ecosse: le cas de Ayr
Date: 24-Jun-2009
From: Monika Pukli <puklimonikahotmail.com>
Subject: Investigation sociophonétique de l'anglais en Ecosse: le cas de Ayr
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Institution: University of Toulouse 2
Program: English Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2006

Author: Monika Pukli

Dissertation Title: Investigation sociophonétique de l'anglais en Ecosse: le cas de Ayr

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics

Dissertation Director:
Jacques Durand

Dissertation Abstract:

This thesis has a twofold objective: first of all, the diachronic and
synchronic exploration of the controversial relationship between the
standard variety of English spoken in Scotland and Scots, and, secondly,
the presentation of an empirical study of some of the characteristics of
Scottish English based on our own sociophonetic survey of contemporary
speakers from Ayr. Following our general study of Scottish Standard English
(SSE), our research then focuses on a set of morpho-phonological processes
usually referred to as the 'Scottish Vowel Length Rule' with the aim of
improving on the existing descriptive and theoretical accounts of this

The empirical framework of our study is provided by the PAC linguistic
project ('La Phonologie de l'Anglais Contemporain') based on a traditional
Labovian methodology incorporating different registers of language use. Our
data relating to 12 speakers thus allows us to investigate the
sociolinguistic dimensions of the variety of English spoken in Ayr and to
perform phonetic analyses on the variables under study.

Our acoustic measurements reveal a quantitative variation of /i u ai/
conditioned by the morphological and the segmental structure of the word.
On the other hand, /e a o ɔ ɪ ɛ ʌ au ɔi/ showed no variability linked to
the morphological structure, which confirms the findings of some previous
studies. As for the lengthening effect of the post-vocalic voiced consonant
on the preceding vowel, no straightforward results could be obtained.

From a theoretical standpoint, our study concentrates on the rather
uncertain status of length in the vowel system of Scottish English.
Although it is often asserted that vowel length plays no role in this
variety of English, it is our contention that vowels can indeed be divided
into two sets: short and long. However, the grouping we propose on the
basis of our empirical results does not correspond straightforwardly to any
traditional analysis.

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