A century of change in prevocalic (r) in Carlisle English: Internal constraints in a levelling process

Sandra Jansen

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLanguage Variation – European Perspectives V. Selected Papers from the 7th International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 7), Trondheim, June 2013
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins
ISBN (Print)9789027234971
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2015

Publication series

NameStudies in Language Variation

Keywords

  • internal constraints
  • PreR-dentalisation
  • Dialect contact
  • dialect levelling

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    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.