100 Years of Speech in Georgia
vowels, English vowel systems, Linguistic Atlas Project, Georgia
Vowel dynamics are important
Traditional descriptions of English vowel systems focus on single-point x,y coordinates
- The relative placement of vowels indicates a speaker’s shift, or vowel system
But many varieties of English include changes in vowel dynamics
- Speakers and listeners don’t depend on a single acoustic target (e.g., Strange et al. 1983)
- Southern speech: [aɪ] à [aː], [ɪ] à [iə], [æ] à [eə], etc.
- “spectral change over time may be part of a package of acoustic distinctions that signals both dialect and vowel category information” (Fridland et al. 2014, p. 348)
- “very little linguistic work on Southern speech has focused on dynamics” (Farrington et al. 2018:187; cf. e.g. Risdal & Kohn 2014)
Original Publication Citation
Margaret E. L. Renwick & Joseph A. Stanley. “100 years of speech in Georgia.” Workshop on Language, Technology, and Society series. Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA. November 11
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Stanley, Joseph A. and Renwick, Margaret E. L., "100 Years of Speech in Georgia" (2021). Faculty Publications. 6112.
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