The Atlas of North American English: Phonetics, Phonology, and Sound Change : a Multimedia Reference Tool, Volume 1

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Walter de Gruyter, 2006 - Americanisms - 318 pages
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The Atlas of North American English provides the first overall view of the pronunciation and vowel systems of the dialects of the U.S. and Canada. The Atlas re-defines the regional dialects of American English on the basis of sound changes active in the 1990s and draws new boundaries reflecting those changes. It is based on a telephone survey of 762 local speakers, representing all the urbanized areas of North America. It has been developed by William Labov, one of the leading sociolinguists of the world, together with his colleagues Sharon Ash and Charles Boberg. The Atlas consists of a printed volume accompanied by an interactive CD-ROM. The print and multimedia content is also available online.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
The North American English vowel system
11
Sampling and field methods
21
Methods of acoustic analysis
36
The restoration of postvocalic r
47
North American mergers in progress
58
Maps of natural
77
The dialects of North American English
119
Canada
216
New England
225
New York City and the MidAtlantic states
233
The South
240
The Midland
263
The West
279
The merger of vowels before l
285
AfricanAmericans
297

The shorta and shorto configurations
169
The North
187

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William Labov and Sharon Ash, University of Pennsylvania, USA; Charles Boberg, McGill University, Montréal, Canada..

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