Publication details [#58717]

Becker, Kara. 2014. The social motivations of reversal: Raised bought in New York City English. Language in Society 43 (4) : 395–420.
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Cambridge University Press


This paper provides a variationist analysis of the raised bought vowel in New York City English (NYCE), which has reversed Labov (1966)'s change trajectory. The data indicate that bought's turnabout is prompted by its coeval social meanings