Eliciting Style Variation: Labov's Technique
• ethics of unacknowledged recording
• 'danger of death'
Language and Social Stratiﬁcation
Style, Class, Ethnicity, andGender
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Reading Style Word Lists
• informant asked to read a passage • containing the forms with the target sounds • like toe and tore
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Style and Class Distribution of Postvocalic /r/ in New York City
/r/ in New York City
R-Pronunciation in New York CitySocio-Economic Class 6-8
•! /r/ use increases as formality increases in all classes •! /r/ use increases as class index increases •! LMC /r/ index 'crossover' in formal styles ashypercorrection
R-Pronunciation in New York City
Socio-Economic Class 6-8
9 4-5 2-3 1 0
9 4-5 2-3 1 0
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Markers and Indicators
cot/caught Merger in North America
• speakers aware in some wayof social value (positive or negative) of values of the variable • NYC postvocalic /r/ and LMC hypercorrection • Australian diphthongs
• may be social correlates, butno evidence that speakers recognise any social 'value'
• cot/caught merger in North America
• [!] to ["] in sit, etc.
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Australian English Diphthongs
mate hoe buy how
Sharp stratiﬁcation is to sociolinguists what isogloss bundles are to dialectologists....
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