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Temps réel, temps apparent et genre en variation phonétique : l'évolution de la quantité vocalique à Glasgow au cours du XXe siècle

Abstract : The varieties of English spoken in Scotland have their own pattern of vowel duration, referred to as the Scottish Vowel Length Rule; this pattern differs from the one prevailing in most varieties of English, including Anglo-English. Considering the situation of permanent contact between Scotland and England, one can expect Scottish speakers to gradually adopt the Anglo-English pattern; this has already been confirmed in several studies on the realisation of the SVLR. The results of the only study using a corpus of Glaswegian English by male speakers were at odds with this expectation, and revealed the influence of prosodic factors on the evolution of vowel length. Our work seeks to replicate it with female speakers, testing the same real-time and apparent-time perspective. Results show the SVLR is weakening more strongly than for men, and that the Anglo-English durational pattern has not been implemented in Glaswegian. Furthermore, this study confirms the importance of prosodic factors in sound change.
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Florent Chevalier. Temps réel, temps apparent et genre en variation phonétique : l'évolution de la quantité vocalique à Glasgow au cours du XXe siècle. Linguistique. 2016. ⟨dumas-02472299⟩

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