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Title: Mechanisms, motivations and outcomes of change in Morley (Leeds) English
Author: Richards, Hazel Marie
ISNI:       0000 0004 2677 1073
Awarding Body: University of York
Current Institution: University of York
Date of Award: 2008
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In this thesis I examine the tension that exists within a situation of increased geographical and social mobility between the processes which bring about supralocalism and the retention of traditional features within a linguistic variety. The notions of supra-localism and linguistic distinctiveness appear paradoxical, given that the mechanisms by which supra-localism occurs (namely, levelling and diffusion) typically involve the loss of regionally or socially distinctive features in favour of more widespread norms (Williams and Kerswill 1999, Milroy 2002b, Britain 2002c). However, "although levelling constitutes a pressure towards linguistic convergence, it does not follow that communities whose dialects undergo this process lose their linguistic distinctiveness" (Milroy 2002b:9). My aim is thus to illuminate whether (and if so, how) these two, seemingly incompatible outcomes of contact can co-exist with one another within a given speech community. The speech community chosen for investigation here is Morley, a suburb five miles south-west of Leeds, in the North of England. In this thesis I address the following research questions: I. In what ways are diffusion, levelling and retention of traditional dialect features observable within the same community? II. How does a community negotiate linguistic identity in the face of increased contact and perceived homogeneity? III. Which (if any) traditional features of the Morley variety are subject to levelling, and which are retained? IV. Which (if any) external features are diffusing into the Morley variety as a result of increased contact? V. How do the answers to the previous questions further inform our understanding of sociolinguistic variation and change? In so doing I make an original contribution to knowledge in the field of contactinduced processes of sociolinguistic change.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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