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Saturday, October 12 • 3:40pm - 5:30pm
(K1) Garrison: Not quite Canada, definitely not California: Evidence of the Low-Back-Merger Shift in Moscow, Idaho

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Not quite Canada, definitely not California: Evidence of the Low-Back-Merger Shift in Moscow, Idaho

This study examines the presence and progression of the Low-Back-Merger Shift (LBMS) in the community of Moscow, Idaho. Also known as the California Vowel Shift or the Canadian Vowel Shift, the LBMS represents the combination of two bodies of literature describing the same chain shift, which starts with a merger between the two low-back vowels. Data was gathered from interviews of eighteen participants native to the region, processed with Praat and the FAVE suite, and evaluated using benchmarks, regression analyses, and Pillai scores. Members of the Moscow community exhibited limited participation in the LBMS, with anecdotal variation in LBMS participation based on rural- or urban-oriented attitudes. This provides strong evidence for the presence, but not progression, of the LBMS in areas outside of the typically delineated geographical boundaries.

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Arthur Garrison

Reed College


Saturday October 12, 2019 3:40pm - 5:30pm PDT
EMU Ballroom