Keywords

phonemic change, amarican English, vowels

Abstract

In this paper we analyze the vowel formants of a speaker over four decades to show phonemic change through time. Other real-time studies (Harrington, Palethorpe & Watson 2000; Harrington & Reubold 2015) have found that the vowel spaces of UK English speakers shift over the lifetime, likely as a consequence of interaction with speakers of other dialects or social classes. We focus on an understudied variety of English, spoken in the western United States, to investigate a pair of phonological mergers, the cord-card merger and the hoarse-horse merger.

Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date

2016-7

Language

English

College

Humanities

Department

Linguistics

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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