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Title: Sociophonetic Variation in Speech Perception
Author(s): Katie Drager
Journal Title: Language and Linguistics Compass
Volume: 4
Issue: 7
Page Range: 473–480
Publication Date: Jul-2010
Abstract: In this paper, I review previous research that investigates sociophonetic variation in speech perception. I also argue that more speech perception work is needed to inform work on variation in speech production, particularly in the areas of language change and stereotype formation. Exploring the mental representations and processing of social and linguistic information as well as treating phonetic and social factors as multidimensional and interacting will take future work in sociophonetics in new and exciting directions.

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