Lenition inhibition in Liverpool English

  title={Lenition inhibition in Liverpool English},
  author={Patrick Honeybone},
  journal={English Language and Linguistics},
  pages={213 - 249}
  • Patrick Honeybone
  • Published 25 September 2001
  • Linguistics
  • English Language and Linguistics
This article integrates aspects of synchronic and diachronic phonological theory with points relevant to the study of a nonreference accent in order to investigate the patterns of consonantal lenition found in the variety of English spoken in Liverpool, England. Points of contact with variationist approaches are addressed, partly because the lenitions are variable processes. An implicational understanding of lenition is developed, thanks to which it is possible to describe the prosodic and… 

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