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Friday, October 11 • 2:30pm - 2:55pm
Farrington: The Great Migration and the spread of a supraregional variant: Glottal stop replacement of word final /d/ in DC African American Language

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The Great Migration and the spread of a supraregional variant: Glottal stop replacement of word final /d/ in DC African American Language

The Great Migration (GM) was the migration of African Americans out of the rural South between 1915 and 1970, creating language contact scenarios likely to influence African American Language (AAL). This study investigates the role of the GM as related to the spread of glottal stop replacement of word-final /d/, a sound pattern common in AAL. Data come from 68 speakers recorded in Washington DC in 1968 (Kendall & Farrington 2018). This time period provides a unique glimpse into DC AAL: the African American population was nearing its peak in DC, and the majority of this population had moved to DC within the prior thirty years. The results show that young working-class females led in this sound change and that it was a change initially led by individuals whose parents were born outside of DC, demonstrating the impact the GM had on endogenous varieties of AAL in GM destination cities.

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Charlie Farrington

University of Oregon


Friday October 11, 2019 2:30pm - 2:55pm
EMU Crater Lake S
  • Session type Talk
  • Chair: Sonja Lanehart


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