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Friday, October 11 • 3:40pm - 5:30pm
(D4) Cole: Class-based, linguistic distinctions in Southeast England: the role of technology in aggregating perceptual dialectology data

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Class-based, linguistic distinctions in Southeast England: the role of technology in aggregating perceptual dialectology data

The difficulty in aggregating perceptual dialectology results has long been noted, particularly, in the draw-a-map task (Preston & Howe, 1987; Montgomery & Stoeckle, 2013). This study uses a graphical user interface (GUI) to carry out a perceptual dialectology paradigm. In this experiment, a total of 215 individuals (106 female; 121 White British) listened to 10 second recordings from a corpus of 102 speakers. All listeners and speakers were from the Southeast of England. This study examines to what extent individuals found it possible to geographically locate the speakers and how they perceived them socially. Those perceived to be from London and Essex were consistently interpreted as less intelligent, friendly, trustworthy, correct and to be of a lower class, whilst those perceived to be from the Western counties of the Southeast were perceived conversely. Overall, the perception of linguistic features in Southeast England was mostly strongly distributed by class and ethnicity.

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Amanda Cole

University of Essex


Friday October 11, 2019 3:40pm - 5:30pm PDT
EMU Ballroom