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L-Vocalisation in London English

Carmen Ciancia    Università degli Studi di Salerno    

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abstract

Linguists argued that the Cockney dialect, in London, is expected to be replaced by Multicultural London English in the years to come. However, this does not imply that Cockney is dead, as recent research revealed that it just moved to Essex. This paper aims at examining whether (l) vocalisation, a common feature of Cockney, is still present in the London district of Bermondsey. Ten working-class English speakers, stratified by age and sex, have been recorded by means of sociolinguistic interviews. The results, discussed both quantitively and qualitatively, show that: (a) (l) vocalisation is present in all age cohorts, with young speakers favouring the non-standard feature; (b) preceding long vowels trigger (l) vocalisation.

Published
Oct. 30, 2023
Accepted
Dec. 11, 2022
Submitted
April 6, 2022
Language
EN

Keywords: PhonologyLanguage variationSociolinguistics(l) vocalisationLondon English

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