Boston (r): Neighbo(r)s nea(r) and fa(r)

  title={Boston (r): Neighbo(r)s nea(r) and fa(r)},
  author={N. Nagy and Patricia Irwin},
  journal={Language Variation and Change},
  pages={241 - 278}
Abstract The influence of linguistic and social factors on (r) in Boston and two New Hampshire towns is described. The preceding vowel and geographic, ethnic, and age-related differences were found to have strong effects. In comparison to Bostonians, New Hampshire speakers exhibit a higher rate of rhoticity, and fewer factors constrain their variability. Younger speakers are more rhotic than older speakers, as are more educated speakers and those in higher linguistic marketplace positions. This… Expand
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