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Award/Grant Name: Is TV a contributory factor in accent change in adolescents?
Award/Grant Holder: Dr J StuartSmith
Start Date: 01/09/2002 End Date: 31/08/2005
Award/Grant Description

In the late 1990s some surprising results emerged from Glasgow. Working-class adolescents with little opportunity for social or geographical mobility were leading in language, and in particular, in pronunciation changes. These young speakers were using accent features typical of the English of Southern England, and in particular London. The findings caused a problem for traditional academic explanations of language change which depend on the assumption of face-to-face interaction for passing linguistic features between speakers.This project aims to replicate and substantiate the earlier findings using a larger group of 36 working-class adolescents, stratified into year-groups, tracking two groups longitudinally as they change year group (12 adult speakers will also be recruited to confirm any predicted accent changes). This will enable us to track variation and change throughout adolescence. At the same time as gathering linguistic data we shall also gather extensive social data on the informants using quantitative and qualitative (participant observation) methods, considering a wide range of social aspects: including friends, networks, contacts with those living outside the community; leisure pursuits; role models, expressed aspirations. In this way we shall attempt to build up a comprehensive picture of social and cultural factors which may contribute to observed accent change

Award/Grant Amount ESRC Grant Number Institution Discipline Award/Grant Type
£123,760.15 R000239757 University of Glasgow Linguistics Research Grant Standard
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project website http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/SESL...
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Award/Grant Outputs and Documents

Click on Download to download the document. Number of Documents: 27
  Title Type URL Author Published
Is Mockney creeping north? : investigating the impact of TV on language change Presentation / Lecture StuartSmith, J 09/03/2007 10:27
A social basis for sound change? : television and accent change in Glasgow Presentation / Lecture StuartSmith, J 09/03/2007 10:26
From Cockney to Jockney? : the role of television in accent change in Modern Urban Scots Presentation / Lecture StuartSmith, J 09/03/2007 10:24
The media and accent change? : TV and TH-fronting in the UK Seminar / Workshops StuartSmith, J 09/03/2007 10:22
We fink, so we are from Glasgow : TV and accent change in Glaswegian Presentation / Lecture StuartSmith, J 09/03/2007 10:20
The Glasgow media project : accent change and television Seminar / Workshops StuartSmith, J 09/03/2007 10:12
Investigating the role of TV in accent change : TH-fronting in Glaswegian Presentation / Lecture Stuart-Smith, J 09/03/2007 10:09
From subtle to gross variation : an ultrasound tongue imaging study of Dutch and Scottish /r/ Conference Paper Scobbie, James 09/03/2007 9:59
Covert articulation of Scottish English /r/ : now you see and hear it, now you don’t Conference Paper Scobbie, James 09/03/2007 9:56
Where the [l] [r] they? : an ultrasound tongue imaging study of Scottish English liquids Conference Paper Scobbie, James 09/03/2007 9:53

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