H-Dropping as Indicator of Independent Social Variables
GRIN Verlag, 2008 - 92 pages
Thesis (M.A.) from the year 2007 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 2,5, University of Potsdam, 55 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: In 1963, a group of 14 seven-year-old British children from various socio-economic backgrounds spent what seemed to be an ordinary day of enjoyment at the zoo, the playground and a dance party. These children did neither meet by chance nor did they happen to be just 'any' children. They were chosen, although rather arbitrarily, and brought together for a film project named Seven Up!, a documentary that would later be described as "one of the towering achievements in the history of documentary film." The series was directed by Paul Almond and filmed by the camera operator Michael Apted, who later became the director of the sequels. Seven Up! was first launched by London based Granada Television as part of a program called World in Action and broadcast on ITV, an independent British network, on May 5, 1964. The two objectives of Seven Up! were the attempt to represent the variety of social classes in England at the present time on the one hand and a study of the development of English culture on the other. Apted hoped to acquire "a glimpse of England in the year 2000." The Jesuit proverb "Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man" was chosen as a proposition to the series as a result of the assumption that a child's future is somewhat predestined by its affiliation with a particular social class. Since 1964, a new documentary was filmed every seven years, hence the production of the sequels Seven Up!, 7 Plus Seven!, 21 Up!, 28 Up!, 35 Up! and 42 Up!, in order to follow up on the lives of these children and to document their personal developments from childhood to adulthood. All chosen individuals were interviewed throughout the series and asked questions about their experiences in life, how they spend their spare time, how they perceive the world ar
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18th century Age Fig age of seven age seven aspiration average h-dropping percentage British English Bruce and Nicholas Bruce Nicholas Suzie Chambers comprehensive school dialect diploma documentary educated speakers education level England English fact filmed forty-two fourteen French phonology gender Granada Television grapheme h h-dropping feature h-dropping ratio H-DROPPINGVS h-instability h-variable highly stigmatised independent social variables initial position interview Jackie and Tony Jackie Tony Bruce Jackie’s Katrin Hansen level of education level of mobility linguistic feature linguistic habits linguistic variation London marker Michael Apted microsociological middle class mobility level move Mugglestone Nicholas Suzie Andrew Norman Conquest occupational Oxford Paul Almond phoneme h Poznań pronunciation realisations Received Pronunciation result Scragg social background social class social scale society sociolinguistic stigmatisation of h-dropping Suzie and Andrew Suzie’s Tony Bruce Nicholas Tony’s Trudgill twenty-eight twenty-one unstressed grammatical forms upper class Yorkshire Dales