NWAV48 has ended
Back To Schedule
Saturday, October 12 • 10:55am - 11:20am
Calder & King: Race, place, and gender in the production of /s/

Sign up or log in to save this to your schedule, view media, leave feedback and see who's attending!

Race, place, and gender in the production of /s/

Articulation of /s/ has been linked with gender identity, such that women exhibit fronter /s/ than men. While previous research has focused on White speakers, it remains unclear if the same gendered patterns exist among African-American (AA) speakers. Examining gender-balanced samples of non-urban AA Bakersfieldians and urban AA Rochesterians, we examine the social effects on /s/ frontness. Statistical analyses reveal no gender difference in /s/ articulation among Bakersfield AAs, with men being just as fronted as women. However, a gender pattern exists among Rochester AAs, with women being significantly more fronted than men. Given the history of racial tensions in Bakersfield, it is possible that Bakersfield AA men avoid using a feature ideologically linked to countryness among White speakers in the region (Podesva & Van Hofwegen 2016). But in Rochester, a gender difference is likely driven by salient urban personae like the Hood Kid and the Mobile Black Professional.


Jeremy Calder

University of Colorado Boulder

Sharese King

University of Chicago

Saturday October 12, 2019 10:55am - 11:20am PDT
EMU Crater Lake N
  T: Place & identity
  • Session type Talk
  • Chair: Nicole Holliday