(R) as a Variable

Scobbie, James M (2006) (R) as a Variable. In: Encyclopedia of Language & Linguistics, Second Edition. Elsevier, Oxford, pp. 337-344.

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All sounds are variable, but some are more variable than others. Does hyper-variation mean a greater disposition for sociolinguistically relevant conditioning, or, alternatively, a tendency for relatively greater noisiness in the distribution of unconditioned variants? Whatever the case, there should clearly be a special interest in the sociolinguistic systemization of those sounds that are so unusually prone to variation that it is difficult to capture them within a simple articulatory and acoustic definition. Such is the case with the sociolinguistic variable (R).

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: sociophonetics, rhotic
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Clinical Audiology, Speech and Language Research Centre
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2011 12:44
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 15:40
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2177


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