Sociophonetic history of Newfoundland English in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador

Edwards, Jenna (2015) Sociophonetic history of Newfoundland English in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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In this paper, I report on the variety of English spoken in the relatively new community of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador. The efects of dialect contact and the process of dialect levelling (Trudgill 1986; Britain 1997, Kerswill and Williams 2000; Kerswill 2002) are observed by examining the development of several vowels in the Happy Valley- Goose Bay vowel system. In this community the migrant generation showed evidence of mixing. The frst generation showed the most evidence of levelling along with the emergence of new distinctions. The second generation showed some evidence of levelling, the emergence of new distinctions, and in some cases a return to patterns present in the migrant generation. These results indicate that diferent vowels within a dialect can move through the stages of dialect contact at diferent rates due to the multitude of infuences on the process of dialect contact.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 11757
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 70-71).
Keywords: dialect contact, koineization, Newfoundland English, Labrador, sociophonetic
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > Linguistics
Date: December 2015
Date Type: Submission
Geographic Location: Newfoundland and Labrador--Happy Valley-Goose Bay
Library of Congress Subject Heading: English language--Dialects--Phonetics; English language--Newfoundland and Labrador--Happy Valley-Goose Bay; English language--Vowels; English language--Dialects--Newfoundland and Labrador--Happy Valley-Goose Bay

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