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Spectral differences among varieties of American English have been widely studied, typically recognizing three major regionally diagnostic vowel shift patterns [Labov, Ash, and Boberg (2006). The Atlas of North American English: Phonetics, Phonology and Sound Change (De Gruyter, Berlin)]. Durational variability across dialects, on the other hand, has(More)
In this paper, we attempt to refine our understanding of the relationship between Southern Vowel Shift (SVS) norms and Southern orientation in the U.S. We ask to what degree Southerners from three different states (TN, NC, VA) show evidence of these shifts acoustically. Most crucially, we examine how much the different locales vary in terms of how much they(More)
Earlier work, such as Willis (1972) and Jansen (1986), demonstrated that differing production norms affect how speakers perceive input. More recently, in work related to the current project, vowel dynamics and regional dialect experience were found to influence vowel threshold decisions for high and mid front vowel classes. The current study expands on(More)
Exploring the relationship between speech production and perception at both the individual and regional level, we examine vowel productions in recorded data from over 60 speakers in 8 states We pair these data with the results from a vowel identification study from these same locales involving over 300 listeners (including the same speakers from the(More)
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