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Variation, stance and style: Word-final-er, high rising tone, and ethnicity in Australian english

Kiesling, SF (2005) Variation, stance and style: Word-final-er, high rising tone, and ethnicity in Australian english. English World-Wide, 26 (1). 1 - 42. ISSN 0172-8865

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One of the most cited features of the supposed migrant “ethnolect” in Australian English is the pronunciation of word-final-er. This article presents data from sociolinguistic interviews that support the view that there is a pronunciation difference between Anglo and non-Anglo speakers in Sydney, and that this difference is most pronounced in Greek and, to a lesser extent, Lebanese speakers. The variant the Greek and Lebanese speakers tend to use more than the Anglo speakers is backed and lengthened, and commonly used in words with final High Rising Tone (HRT). There is some evidence that Greeks are leading a change to a more backed variant. I show that length, backing, and HRT make up a style of speaking that I call “new (er)”. This style is indexical of being Greek for some, but more basically creates a stance of authoritative connection. These findings are significant for understanding the spread of new linguistic features, and how the meanings of some linguistic variables contribute to linguistic change. © 2005 John Benjamins Publishing Company.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Kiesling, SFkiesling@pitt.eduKIESLING0000-0003-4954-1038
Date: 1 January 2005
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: English World-Wide
Volume: 26
Number: 1
Page Range: 1 - 42
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1075/eww.26.1.02kie
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Linguistics
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0172-8865
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2017 18:40
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2019 12:56


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