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Title: Phonological Resistance and Innovation in the North-West of England
Author: Kevin Watson
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Institution: University of Canterbury
Linguistic Field: Phonology; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: Over the past few decades, studies of dialect leveling have concluded that phonological convergence amongst varieties of British English is rife. This review attempts to demonstrate the opposite, in the variety of English spoken in Liverpool. Despite various media reports predicting the death of Liverpool English, evidence is provided here that the variety appears to be resisting the innovation of 'T-glottalling', a feature which is frequent elsewhere, and instead shows signs of divergence from any kind of supra-local regional norm.


This article appears IN English Today Vol. 22, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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