Reversing “ drift ” : Innovation and diffusion in the London diphthong system

@inproceedings{LKERSWILLANDEIVINDNESSATOR2008ReversingD,
  title={Reversing “ drift ” : Innovation and diffusion in the London diphthong system},
  author={G LKERSWILLANDEIVINDNESSATOR and N SUSA},
  year={2008}
}
  • L K E R S W I L L A N D E I V I N D N E S S A T O R G, S U S A N
  • Published 2008
This study contributes to innovation and diffusion models by examining phonetic changes in London English. It evaluates Sapir’s notion of “drift,” which involves “natural,” unconscious change, in relation to these changes. Investigating parallel developments in two related varieties of English enables drift to be tested in terms of the effect of extralinguistic factors. The diphthongs of PRICE, MOUTH, FACE, and GOAT in both London and New Zealand English are characterized by “Diphthong Shift… CONTINUE READING