Language-internal factors in the levelling of local features have been overlooked in many cases. Based on a quantitative analysis of oral history recordings and sociolinguistic interviews I discuss constraints on the levelling of prevocalic (r) across the 20th century in Carlisle English, an urban variety spoken in the far north-west of England. The study focuses particularly on the use of (r) in CrV position and the possibility that levelling of (r) in this environment is linked to the decrease of PreR-dentalisation.
|Title of host publication||Language Variation – European Perspectives V. Selected Papers from the 7th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 7), Trondheim, June 2013|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Apr 2015|
|Name||Studies in Language Variation|
- internal constraints
- Dialect contact
- dialect levelling
Jansen, S. (2015). A century of change in prevocalic (r) in Carlisle English: Internal constraints in a levelling process. In Language Variation – European Perspectives V. Selected Papers from the 7th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 7), Trondheim, June 2013 (Studies in Language Variation). John Benjamins.