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Friday, October 11 • 3:40pm - 5:30pm
(E4) Champagne: Where the skies are not cl/aʊ/dy all day: /aʊ/ nucleus lowering and retraction across apparent time in three rural Kansan communities

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Where the skies are not cl/aʊ/dy all day: /aʊ/ nucleus lowering and retraction across apparent time in three rural Kansan communities

While previous sociolinguistic studies find phonetic variation between rural and urban productions of linguistic features within an otherwise homogeneous dialect region (Callary 1975; Bernstein 1993; Thomas 1997; Dodsworth and Kohn 2012), evidence from urban and rural Kansas challenge this notion. In urban Kansas City, Strelluf (2019) finds lowering and backing of the /aʊ/-nucleus correlated to a similar movement in the /æ/ vowel. Drawing on data from 36 sociolinguistic interviews from three communities across rural Kansas, linear mixed-effects models indicate significant differences for both F1 and F2 measurements at 20% duration for both vowels across birth year, and a correlation between birth year and place for /æ/.While inter-community variation in vowel production for both the /aʊ/ nucleus and /æ/ is present, these apparent-time patterns in rural Kansas reflect apparent-time patterns in urban Kansas City. Thus, these similar rural-urban patterns suggest a supra-regional homogeneity despite previous findings of rural/urban regional dialect splits. 

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Matt Champagne

North Carolina State Unvierstiy


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


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