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The social dimension of the Southern Vowel Shift: Gender, age and class
The three most broadly recognized dialect areas of American Regional English are currently being re-defined by, in some cases, sweeping changes that alter the way vowels are being pronounced in theExpand
‘Tie, tied and tight’: The expansion of /ai/ monophthongization in African-American and European-American speech in Memphis, Tennessee
This paper explores the distribution of /ai/ monophthongization in African-American and European-American speakers in Memphis, Tennessee. While often considered a feature characteristic of WhiteExpand
Durational and spectral differences in American English vowels: dialect variation within and across regions.
Results point to a positive correlation between spectral overlap and vowel duration for Northern and Western speakers, and indicate that both F1/F2 measures and durational measures are used for disambiguation of vowel quality. Expand
Do you hear what I hear? Experimental measurement of the perceptual salience of acoustically manipulated vowel variants by Southern speakers in Memphis, TN
For the past twenty-five years, the results of most sociolinguistic research suggest productive changes serve as social indices, uniting and dividing groups of speakers by gender, class, ethnicity,Expand
The social and linguistic conditioning of back vowel fronting across ethnic groups in Memphis, Tennessee
While a number of recent studies have documented the back vowel changes affecting White varieties nationally, few studies have examined back vowel fronting in non-Anglo dialects or compared theExpand
Network Strength and the Realization of the Southern Vowel Shift among African Americans in Memphis, Tennessee
�� Studies on American dialects have questioned whether contemporary black and white speech is increasingly converging or diverging and what this indicates about American speech communities. In theExpand
The phenomenon of back vowel fronting is a sweeping change affecting U.S. dialects. The apparent uniformity of these changes compared to those affecting front vowel classes in regional dialects isExpand
Regional relationships among the low vowels of U.S. English: Evidence from production and perception
Abstract The unconditioned merger of the low back vowels and the variety of realizations found for the low front vowel have been noted as leading to greater distinctiveness across U.S. EnglishExpand