English Research Seminar: Ongoing Sound Change in Dublin English

Thursday 23 October, 1.15 – 2.15pm, Baker 603 (City North Campus)

With Dr John Lonergan (University of Sussex)

Our first research seminar of the 2014-15 series will be given by Dr John Lonergan. Dr Lonergan will provide a detailed account of recent research on variation and change in Dublin English phonology. He will investigate the structure of Dublin English, drawing on Dubliners’ folk linguistic perceptions, a socioeconomic and historical study of the city and acoustic analysis of the speech of a cross section of the community.

His analysis reveals a chain shift in progress among most subjects, but not residents of the inner city. This result is contrasted with popular perceptions of Dublin English and the social significance of this variation is discussed.

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