Lesley Milroy

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This work examines the effect of gender stereotypes on the perception of language by drawing together findings from the fields of speech perception, gender studies, and social psychology. Results from two speech perception experiments are reviewed that show that listeners’ stereotypes about gender, as activated by the faces and voices of speakers, alter the(More)
In sociolinguistics, approaches that use the variables of socioeconomic class and social network have often been thought to be irreconcilable. In this article, we explore the connection between these variables and suggest the outlines of a model that can integrate them in a coherent way. This depends on linking a consensus-based microlevel of network with a(More)
This paper proposes a collaborative model of repair in aphasic discourse, derived from the procedures of conversation analysis (CA). First, it is suggested that relative to other pragmatic orientations CA can offer a particularly illuminating and practically useful perspective on aphasic discourse. Repair strategies are then examined, first in relation to(More)
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This article examines popular beliefs about language in Britain and the United States within a language ideology framework. With particular reference to Silverstein's discussion of second-order indexicality, it argues that language varieties in Britain and the United States are differently ideologized in such a way as to foreground social class groups in(More)
The diphthong /ail exhibits a good deal of variation in English generally with a clear allophonic split in some dialects between what has been called a 'raised' variant before voiceless obstruents and a phonetically quite distinct low-nucleus variant in certain other environments. The best known examples of this split are Canadian English and Scottish(More)
An individual’s social network is straightforwardly the aggregate of relationships contracted with others, and social network analysis examines the differing structures and properties of these relationships. Such analysis has been applied by variationists fairly extensively over the last two decades or so to explicate informal social mechanisms supporting(More)
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