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Title:Uncovering a focused Lebanese American English ethnolect in Dearborn Michigan
Author(s):Chad Hall
Subject(s):linguistics
sociolinguistics
language
ethnolect
Lebanese American
Geographic Coverage:Dearborn Michigan
Abstract:This study presents findings from a quantitative analysis of inter- and intraspeaker phonetic variability in the realization of /t/ and /d/ from second- and third- generation Lebanese American speakers from Dearborn, Michigan. The realization of /t/ and /d/ as either alveolar or dental (a substrate feature from Lebanese Arabic) is the focus of the analysis. The data, which come from 2006 corpus recordings, are also subject to diagnostics for a focused ethnolect i.e. the retention of distinctive features into the third and later generations of a speech community. These diagnostics are derived from new-dialect formation and ethnolect formation models. Evidence is found for a focused Lebanese American English ethnolect in Dearborn though the findings are tentative due to a small dataset. The results of the study lay the foundation for future work, which will seek to confirm these findings in greater detail.
Issue Date:2021
Publisher:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers
Citation Info:Studies in the Linguistic Sciences: Illinois Working Papers 44: 91-116
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/110983
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-09-21


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