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“Dating the new open TRAP sound change in Southeast England”, in Proceedings of Fonetik 2021, Working Papers 56:48-53, Centre for Languages and Literature, University of Lund 2021. Article PDF.

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Dating the new open TRAP sound change in Southeast England 2

2. Accents of Southeast England Continued from 1. The Problem. Figure 4. Pronunciation of the MOUTH diphthong in southeast England: regional accents (left) and RP (right). Southern British English (SBE) is the regional dialect spoken right across southern England from … Continue reading

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Dating the New Open TRAP Sound Change in Southeast England 1

1. The Problem Figure 1. The earlier closer TRAP, with DRESS and KIT compressed towards FLEECE. RP informant B born around 1900. Figure 2. The new open TRAP; F1 completely higher than 600Hz; DRESS and KIT are no longer compressed … Continue reading

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A spectrographic study of sound changes in nineteenth century Kent. 2017. In Tsudzuki, Masaki & Masaki Taniguchi (eds), A Festschrift for Jack Windsor Lewis on the occasion of his 90th Birthday 215-246, Journal of the English Phonetic Society of Japan … Continue reading

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19th century sound change in Kent: LOT

The distribution of LOT pronunciations by the seven informants. Most still had [a~ɑ]-like earlier pronunciations (O). Only two had as yet acquired the new pronunciation [ɔ] (N). The earlier 19th century popular pronunciation in Kent for LOT was [a~ɑ]. The … Continue reading

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19th century sound change in Kent: MOUTH

The distribution of MOUTH pronunciations by the eight informants. Four informants had acquired the new pronunciation [æɒ], [æ:] (N) or the partially new form [æʉ] (P). Four informants still had the earlier pronunciation [ɛʉ] (O). Alexander Ellis (1889, On Early … Continue reading

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19th century sound change in Kent: rhoticity

The distribution of rhoticity by the eight informants: four had the earlier fully rhotic pronunciation (O), one was partially rhotic (P), while three had acquired the new non-rhotic pronunciation (N). The map shows that four informants still had the older … Continue reading

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19th century sound change in Kent: THOUGHT

The distribution of  THOUGHT by the eight informants: three had the earlier (O) pronunciation, while five had the new (N) pronunciation. THOUGHT subsumes NORTH and FORCE. The map shows that three informants still had the older [ɔ:]-like pronunciation, while five … Continue reading

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19th century sound change in Kent: TRAP

The distribution of the [æ]-like TRAP vowel by the eight informants: this is either the earlier timbre close to DRESS (O), or it is the new open timbre (N). Two informants still had the earlier pronunciation. The map shows that … Continue reading

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19th century sound change in Kent: STRUT

The pronunciations of STRUT. Six informants spread over most of the county had the new [a]-like pronunciation, while two in East Kent still had the older [ʌ]-like pronunciation. The map shows that the new [a]-like pronunciation dominated most of Kent, … Continue reading

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