Social Change, Linguistic Change and Sociolinguistic Change in Received Pronunciation

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This chapter summarises recent quantitative research on phonetic variation and change in Received Pronunciation (RP) as an elite sociolect, the vernacular of a multiplex socio-economically privileged group in the UK. The ‘elite sociolect’ is distinct from the ‘standard variety’, a term which should be reserved to refer to a socially generated mental ‘construct’, a set of expressed and tacit norms for ‘status-bearing’ language practice learned through the educational system and evident in the public domain. The chapter discusses variationist findings on word-final /t/, prevocalic /r/ and a range of vowel qualities. It also addresses evidence of sociolinguistic change, in the form of ongoing de-standardisation processes in the speech community of England, as well as the changing language-ideological and language-attitudinal place of RP in the sociolinguistic landscape.
TitelSociolinguistics in England
RedaktørerNatalie Braber, Sandra Jansen
Antal sider31
ForlagPalgrave Macmillan
ISBN (Trykt)978-1-137-56287-6
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-1-137-56288-3
StatusUdgivet - 2018

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