Language Change and Variation by Ralph W. Fasold, Deborah Schiffrin

By Ralph W. Fasold, Deborah Schiffrin

The research of language edition in social context keeps to carry the eye of a giant variety of linguists. This learn is promoted by way of the once a year colloquia on New methods of reading version in English' (NWAVE). This quantity is a range of revised papers from the NWAVE XI, held at Georgetown collage. It offers with a few goods, a few of that have usually been mentioned, others which were much less emphasised. the 1st workforce of articles within the quantity middle on a common subject matter: speech groups because the crucial environment for realizing edition in language. prior paintings in linguistic edition dealt for the main half with phonological version and alter. Syntactic and morphological swap and edition in syntax also are mentioned. a range at the position of version in realizing first language acquisition includes 3 papers. Articles within the final part of the quantity main issue theoretical controversy and methodological advances.

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The research of language version in social context keeps to carry the eye of a giant variety of linguists. This learn is promoted by way of the yearly colloquia on New methods of examining version in English' (NWAVE). This quantity is a variety of revised papers from the NWAVE XI, held at Georgetown college.

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For the rest of the city, there are only 4 out of 197 tense forms. 95). We can conclude that the development of tensing in the -NV class and lexical diffusion are features of the suburban and/or middle-class subgroups, not a general feature of the Philadelphia speech community. 2 Short a before intervocalic /l/. 3%. These are 26 William Labov Before /n/ Tense Lax planet 3 14 flannel 2 5 manage 8 1 camera Before /m/ Tense Lax 5 1 damage 3 manner channel cannon panel 5 2 1 1 hammer 3 Janet janitor 3 1 diameter 1 14 9 4 3 1 1 family ceramic Neshaminy swami Canada Louisiana Indiana banana Anna Joanna pollyanna 4 1 1 6 5 2 1 Alabama pajama Hammaton drama Akarama amateur McManaus piano 1 1 animal Spanish mechanic anniversary animosity annals January manual Total 6 16 1 111 ammunition 2 107 2 2 1 4 3 1 1 1 1 1 4 135 Table 6.

There is only one example of a tensed weak word. The major body of evidence concerns the word can. As an auxiliary, it is often stressed in spontaneous speech, in opposition to can't. The frequency of laxing with the noun and verb can is no greater than with the other norm- 32 William Labov ally tense classes. As one would expect from previous results, 20% to 30% tense forms show up in word lists, where speakers consistently make wrong judgments about their own speech patterns. 2 Ran/swam/began.

The pattern for stems ending in nasals is clear: they are tensed just as often as the corresponding forms without diminutives. The case of Anne shows that phonetic constraints enter into the pic­ ture as well. 1 showed that for common nouns, initial position disfavored only the less common words with short a before voiceless fricatives, while nasals were exempt form this effect. But with names, the nasal subclass is variable. The behavior of Anne is the result of three intersecting factors: (a) the favoring effect of a following /n/ in a closed syllable; (b) the disfavoring effect of initial short a, and (c) the disfavoring effect of the proper name category.

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