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Kent Accent in the 19th Century: BATH

Throughout the 19th century, and presumably back to the time of the TRAP-BATH split, the timbre of the BATH vowel in Kent had been a bright [aː]-like quality, roughly in the vacant central open position on an IPA vowel diagram … Continue reading

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Richard Henry Sandoe 1869-1915

Private Richard Henry Sandoe was reported missing presumed killed near Ypres on 23 Apr 1915. The British army records for the Great War were mostly destroyed in the 1940 London Blitz, and all that remain are the brief summaries published in the 80 volumes … Continue reading

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Halfway to Estuary English: H G Wells

Biologist, author, journalist, H. G. Wells was born in Bromley (Kent, U.K.) in 1866, the youngest son of a professional cricketer and a domestic servant. I’d half expected to hear an example of Estuary English partially modified towards RP, but … Continue reading

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X-ray movie: uvular [ʀ]

A short sequence from an X-ray motion film: Uvular [yʀa] This is a short sequence where a speaker of Southern Swedish is saying [ˈyʀa], broken out from a longer sequence, /ˈfy:ra/, [ˈfəyʀa], fyra, ‘four’. This example is illustrated with every … Continue reading

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Season’s greetings 2015

Season’s greetings to all and best wishes for 2015 The Angel Tree, at the Metropolitan Museum, New York, decorated with 18th century Neapolitan crèche figures (the Loretta Hines Howard collection). Peasants at work _____ Serenading trubadours _____ A wise man … Continue reading

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Said about Estuary English

This turned up the other day Estuary English – the pride of Kent Susie Rushton’s Notebook: The Independent, Tuesday 7 June 2011 http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/columnists/susie-rushton-estuary-english-ndash-the-pride-of-kent-2293831.html “Let me make my own declamation of regional pride. Estuary is also the accent of people who, … Continue reading

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Grandfather and Martha’s Vineyard

xxx Map of Martha’s Vineyard. Source: Labov (1963) Martha’s Vineyard is an island off the Massachusetts coast SW of Cape Cod, and a popular resort for Bostonians. The permanent population are famous in various ways. Until not so very long … Continue reading

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Remembering Gösta Bruce

An international Symposium on Prosody to commemorate the life and work of the late Gösta Bruce (1947-2010) is being held at the Lund University Centre for Language and Literature on 2-3 June, 2014. The symposium web page is here. Photo: … Continue reading

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Southern British English 3

Home Counties SBE vowel formants This page continues from Part 2, that introduced a spectrographic study of the monophthong vowels of five speakers of RP. A similar study for five speakers of home counties SBE is presented now. The home … Continue reading

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Southern British English 2

RP SBE vowel formants This page introduces a spectrographic study of the monophthong vowels of five speakers of RP (the same five speakers who were introduced in Part 1). Together, they cover 100 years (birth years from 1874 to 1961), … Continue reading

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