Title

100 Years of Speech in Georgia

Keywords

vowels, English vowel systems, Linguistic Atlas Project, Georgia

Abstract

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

Document Type

Presentation

Publication Date

2021

Language

English

College

Humanities

Department

Linguistics

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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