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The social life of phonetics and phonology

Foulkes, P. and Docherty, G. (2006) The social life of phonetics and phonology. Journal of Phonetics, 34 (4). pp. 409-438. ISSN 0095-4470

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Abstract

In this article we define and illustrate sociophonetic variation within speech, highlighting both its pervasiveness and also the relatively minor role it has played in the development of phonetic and phonological theory. Reviewing evidence from studies of adults and children, we suggest that cognitive representations of words combine linguistic and indexical information, and that both types of information are present from the first stages of acquisition. We suggest that an exemplar-based model of phonological knowledge offers the most productive means of modeling sociophonetic variation. We discuss some of the characteristics of an exemplar-based account of sociophonetic variability and highlight some strands of investigation which would facilitate its further development.

Item Type: Article
Academic Units: The University of York > Language and Linguistic Science (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2009 13:30
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2009 13:30
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wocn.2005.08.002
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.wocn.2005.08.002
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6807

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