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Academic Paper

Title: Interspeaker covariation in Philadelphia vowel changes
Author: Meredith Tamminga
Linguistic Field: Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: The paper asks whether six ongoing vowel changes in Philadelphia English show interspeaker covariation. In a sample of 66 young white women, pairwise correlations are significant only between three changes that have previously been observed to show parallel diachronic trajectories of change reversal, whereas changes that do not exhibit this diachronic pattern do not show covariation. I propose that the interspeaker covariation in this subset of the changes in progress arises from a shared social motivation for the change reversals that is not shared by the other changes.


This article appears IN Language Variation and Change Vol. 31, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site .

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