Title

Consonantal Variation in Utah English

Keywords

Utah English, consonantal variables, [t]-epenthesis

Abstract

In this paper, we analyze the frequency of three consonantal variables in Utah English: the glottal stop in words like mountain, [t]-epenthesis in words with /ls/ clusters like salsa, and word-final velar nasals (NG+). Using Amazon Mechanical Turk to collect audio, we gathered 2,795 tokens of these variables. Though relatively few nonmainstream variants were found in our sample, we find indications of phonetic conditioning and that women and younger speakers used some nonmainstream variants more. Ultimately, further work and a larger dataset is required to more fully describe these variables in Utah English.

Original Publication Citation

Joseph A. Stanley & Kyle Vanderniet. 2018. “Consonantal Variation in Utah English.”Proceedings of the 4th Annual Linguistics Conference at UGA, 50–65.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2018

Publisher

University of Georgia

Language

English

College

Humanities

Department

Linguistics

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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