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Segregated vowels: Language variation and dialect features among Gothenburg youth
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages.
2018 (English)In: Language Variation and Change, ISSN 0954-3945, E-ISSN 1469-8021, Vol. 30, no 3, p. 315-336Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper examines the effects of housing segregation on variation in the vowel systems of young speakers of Swedish who have grown up in different neighborhoods of Gothenburg. Significant differences are found for variants of the variables /i:/ and /y:/, which are strongly associated with the local dialect; these two vowels also exhibit coherence. Another vowel pair, /.:/ and /o:/, are involved in a coherent leveling process affecting many of the central Swedish dialects but differing in degree of openness in different neighborhoods of Gothenburg. The results show that the variation is not simply a reflection of foreign background, nor of groups of youth adopting single variants; rather, a number of social factors conflate in housing segregation, which interferes with the transmission of more abstract aspects of the local dialect’s vowel system to young speakers in certain neighborhoods.

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Cambridge University Press, 2018. Vol. 30, no 3, p. 315-336
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Language studies
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HUMANITIES, English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-13604DOI: 10.1017/S0954394518000169ISI: 000456822100002Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85059832532OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-13604DiVA, id: diva2:1297961
Available from: 2019-03-21 Created: 2019-03-21 Last updated: 2019-10-21Bibliographically approved

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