Sex, covert prestige and linguistic change in the urban British English of Norwich

  title={Sex, covert prestige and linguistic change in the urban British English of Norwich},
  author={Peter W. Trudgill},
  journal={Language in Society},
  pages={179 - 195}
  • P. Trudgill
  • Published 1 October 1972
  • Linguistics
  • Language in Society
ABSTRACT Women use linguistic forms associated with the prestige standard more frequently than men. One reason for this is that working-class speech has favourable connotations for male speakers. Favourable attitudes to non-standard speech are not normally expressed, however, and emerge only in inaccurate self-evaluation test responses. Patterns of sex differentiation deviating from the norm indicate that a linguistic change is taking place: standard forms are introduced by middle-class women… 

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