The Canadian shift in Montreal

  title={The Canadian shift in Montreal},
  author={Charles Boberg},
  journal={Language Variation and Change},
  pages={133 - 154}
  • Charles Boberg
  • Published 3 May 2005
  • Linguistics
  • Language Variation and Change
Based on an impressionistic study of 16 young Canadians, mostly from Ontario, Clarke, Elms, and Youssef (1995) reported that the short front vowels of Canadian English are involved in a chain shift, the “Canadian Shift,” triggered by the merger of in low-back position, whereby is retracted to low-central position, and are lowered toward the low-front space vacated by . This article extends the study of the Canadian Shift to the English-speaking community of Montreal, Quebec, using acoustic… 
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