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Title: London calling : assessing the spread of metropolitan features in the South East
Author: Holmes-Elliott, Sophie Elizabeth Margaret
ISNI:       0000 0004 5363 2909
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2015
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A growing phenomenon in British English is Regional Dialect Levelling. This is where accents lose their local characteristics in favour of more supralocal forms. The result is that different areas cease to have recognisably different dialects. For instance, neighbouring towns or villages become linguistically indistinguishable. Earlier elements of dialectal diversity are shaved off through processes of linguistic smoothing. This research focuses on two key issues: 1. The understanding of the mechanisms involved in regional dialect levelling; 2. How accounts of dialect levelling can inform models of sound change more generally. In this thesis I present an apparent time sociolinguistic study of regional dialect levelling in Hastings, a town on the coast of East Sussex, England. The study employs an empirical analysis of a number of ongoing sound changes. Specifically, the study examines three sound changes that, through previous analyses, have been shown to operate through different mechanisms: two features that are attributed to the externally motivated processes levelling and diffusion, and one internally motivated change driven by pressures inherent in the linguistic system. These contrasting mechanisms have been chosen in order to investigate a number of issues: first, to examine how each type of change may contribute to regional dialect levelling; and second, the analysis of these features enables a close examination of the interplay between external and internal forces of language change. More broadly, the evidence from this research is used to evaluate traditional principles of sound change in order to investigate how well they hold within a variety that is undergoing regional dialect levelling.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: P Philology. Linguistics