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Friday, October 11 • 8:30am - 8:55am
Esposito & Lake: How far do Pacific Northwest features spread? Evidence of prevelar raising/fronting across California

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How far do Pacific Northwest features spread? Evidence of prevelar raising/fronting across California

We explore the extent to which California and the Pacific Northwest are vocalically distinct through an exploration of BEG/BAG raising and fronting, features typically associated with the PNW. Wordlist data were analyzed from 378 speakers (White/Latinx) across five California field-sites. We overall find higher and fronter BEG/BAG vowels than BET/BAT vowels in California, although younger speakers are lowering/backing BAG and backing BEG in apparent time. Euclidean distances for BEG/BET and BAG/BAT show that distances are greatest for middle generation speakers, indicating a delay between the lowering/retraction of BET/BAT and the later movement of BEG/BAG. BAG/BEG raising/fronting also shows surprising local conditioning. Redlands, the southernmost site analyzed patterns closest to the PNW in BAG-raising/fronting — not Humboldt, the nearest site to Oregon — raising questions as to the geographic spread of change for these features.

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Lewis Esposito

Stanford University
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Emily Lake

Graduate student, Stanford University


Friday October 11, 2019 8:30am - 8:55am
EMU Crater Lake N
  • Session type Talk
  • Chair: Alicia Wassink


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