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Title: Each p[ɚ]son does it th[εː] way: Rhoticity variation and the community grammar
Author: Tam Blaxter
Author: Kate Beeching
Author: Richard Coates
Author: James Murphy
Author: Emily Robinson
Linguistic Field: Phonology; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This paper examines individual differences in constraints on linguistic variation in light of Labov's (2007) proposal that adult change (diffusion) disrupts systems of constraints and Tamminga, MacKenzie, and Embick's (2016) typology of constraints. It is shown that, in pooling data from multiple speakers, some of the complexity in structured community variation may be overlooked. Data on rhoticity from speakers of Bristol English are compared to 34 previous studies of rhoticity in varieties of English around the world. Constraints found to be consistent across varieties are also found to be consistent across speakers of Bristol English, whereas those that differ between varieties also differ between individuals, implying that only those which differ are truly part of the grammar, and that these are indeed disrupted by diffusion.

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This article appears IN Language Variation and Change Vol. 31, Issue 1, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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