Advances in Sociophonetics

| Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
| Università degli Studi di Siena
ISBN 9789027234957 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027270504 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
Sociophonetics is a privileged domain for the investigation of language variation and change. By combining theoretical reflections and sophisticated techniques of analysis – both phonetic and statistical – it is possible to extrapolate the role of individual factors (socio-cultural, physiological, communicative-interactional, etc.) in the multidimensional space of speech variation.

This book investigates the fundamental relationship between speech variation and the social background of speakers from articulatory, acoustic, dialectological, and conversational perspectives, thus breaking new ground with respect to classical variationist and dialectological studies. Specialists from a broad range of disciplines – including phonetics, phonology, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and cognitive linguistics – will find innovative suggestions for multiple approaches to language variation. Although presuming some basic knowledge of experimental phonetics and sociolinguistics, the book is addressed to all readers with an interest in speech and language variation mechanisms in social interaction.
[Studies in Language Variation, 15]  2014.  vi, 214 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Introduction: Sociophonetic perspectives on language variation
Chiara Celata and Silvia Calamai
Part I. Variation and sociolinguistics
The sociophonetic orientation of the language learner
William Labov
French liaison and the lexical repository
Bernard Laks, Basilio Calderone and Chiara Celata
Part II. Sources and functions of sociophonetic variation
Derhoticisation in Scottish English: A sociophonetic journey
Jane Stuart-Smith, Eleanor Lawson and James M. Scobbie
Where and what is (t, d)? A case study in taking a step back in order to advance sociophonetics
Rosalind Temple
New parameters for the sociophonetic indexes: Evidence from the Tuscan varieties of Italian
Giovanna Marotta
Sound archives and linguistic variation: The case of the Phlegraean diphtongs
Rosanna Sornicola and Silvia Calamai
Part III. What is (and what is not) a sociophonetic change
Ejectives in English and German: Linguistic, sociophonetic, interactional, epiphenomenal?
Adrian Simpson
Author Index
Subject Index
“Sociophonetics is a fairly recent development in the general field of language variation and change. The term primarily denotes a phonetically accountable approach to the interplay between individual and community manifested in the distribution of phonetic variants. As shown in these chapters, sociophonetic analysis often has an overtly cognitive focus, and works with consonantal variation more commonly and comfortably than earlier analysis in the LVC tradition. The volume consists of seven high quality contributions by both well known and less established scholars from a number of different language communities. Using a variety of modern laboratory phonetic procedures, the volume covers variation in French, German, Italian and several varieties of English. The research presented is innovatory, well written and well documented, and offers essential reading for students and researchers in this field.”
“Chiara Celata and Silvia Calamai's book guides the reader through recent developments in sociophonetics. The book is important for those interested in learning the sources and functions of sociophonetic variation. In this exciting new book, the contributors show how the understanding of variation and sociolinguistics gives new perspectives on language variation. The book is also important for those interested in the cognitive representation of phonetic variation.”
“This is a most welcome collection of papers in the emerging field of sociophonetics. The research presented here offers methodological advances, critical insights into the roots of the field, and both theoretical innovation and empirical challenge. The collection will be of interest to a wide range of scholars within and beyond phonetics and sociolinguistics.”
“[A] welcome contribution to sociophonetic research. It is distinct from existing literature in the field on a number of levels, including its general focuses on consonants rather than vowels, on European languages rather than American Englishes, and on contributors' explorations into more abstract questions of phonology and cognition rather than on presentations of large sets of data.”
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2017. Analyse fréquentielle de la liaison variable dans un corpus de français parlé. Journal of French Language Studies 27:01  pp. 27 ff. Crossref logo
2017. L'acquisition des liaisons après les clitiques préverbaux est-elle spécifique ? Apport d'une expérimentation à grande échelle. Journal of French Language Studies 27:01  pp. 73 ff. Crossref logo
Forrest, Jon
2015. Community rules and speaker behavior: Individual adherence to group constraints on (ING). Language Variation and Change 27:03  pp. 377 ff. Crossref logo
Vietti, Alessandro, Birgit Alber & Barbara Vogt
2018. Initial laryngeal neutralisation in Tyrolean. Phonology 35:01  pp. 79 ff. Crossref logo

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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFB – Sociolinguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
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U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2013050139 | Marc record