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Friday, October 11 • 2:55pm - 3:20pm
Strong & Roberts: An acoustic sociophonetic study of dialect changes in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom: A study of Vermont’s last frontier

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An acoustic sociophonetic study of dialect changes in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom: A study of Vermont’s last frontier

This is the first sociophonetic survey of the NEK. We focus on /ai/ and /au/ raising and glottalization. 52 interviews were conducted. Interviews were transcribed and vowels (n=38,924) were extracted and aligned. Each instance of /t/ was hand-coded (n=4,229).

The results reveal parallels between the current NEK results and those found in western Vermont. The addition of social class adds information critical to a more complete understanding of phonetic change in the region. Results:

1. /au/ raising is on the decline. Lower SES females lead this change and high SES speakers did not raise /au/ at all.
2. /ai/ raising is declining in the elsewhere position. However, older, lower SES males raise /ai/ in all contexts.
3. Word-final glottal stop was common but with no social differences. Released /t/ was less frequent, but females and high SES speakers were more likely to use it. Word-medial glottal stops were less frequent.

Speakers
IS

Isabelle Strong

Dartmouth College
JR

Julie Roberts

Director/Professor, University of Vermont


Friday October 11, 2019 2:55pm - 3:20pm
EMU Crater Lake N
  • Session type Talk
  • Chair: Kirk Hazen


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