Cognitive and social forces in dialect shift: Gradual change in London Asian speech

@inproceedings{Sharma2011CognitiveAS,
  title={Cognitive and social forces in dialect shift: Gradual change in London Asian speech},
  author={Devyani Sharma and Lavanya Sankaran},
  year={2011}
}
This study examines the retention of a non-native dialect feature by British Asians in London. We examine the use of one Punjabi feature ( t -retroflexion) and one British feature ( t -glottaling) across three groups: first-generation non-native immigrants and two age groups of second-generation British Asians. Cognitively oriented models predict that non-native features will either be innately blocked (Chambers, 2002) or reallocated by native generations. A socially oriented model allows for… CONTINUE READING

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