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Levelling in a northern English variety: the case of FACE and GOAT in Greater Manchester

Hugo Chatellier

Abstract

This chapter offers a description of the main phonological and phonetic features of the variety of English spoken in Manchester, England, on the basis of recent oral data from the PAC-LVTI project. Its starting point is a brief account of levelling in the north of England, a phenomenon that has attracted the attention of many sociolinguists recently. It has been argued that a supralocal northern variety is in expansion in the north of England, and Manchester, as a major urban centre of the north of England, is a prime candidate to test the diffusion of some of the supralocal variants. We then provide a synthetic description of Mancunian English according to previous studies, before presenting our own work, based on a corpus of 31 informants. Our results suggest that Mancunian English is not levelling towards a supralocal northern variety as far as FACE and GOAT are concerned, though other vowels appear to be subject to a more global case of levelling.
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hal-04224985 , version 1 (02-10-2023)

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Hugo Chatellier. Levelling in a northern English variety: the case of FACE and GOAT in Greater Manchester. Anne Przewozny; Cécile Viollain; Sylvain Navarro. The Corpus Phonology of English - Multifocal Analyses of Variation, Edinburgh University Press, pp.221-237, 2020, 9781474466998. ⟨hal-04224985⟩
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