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dc.creatorKeiser, Steve Hartman
dc.creatorHinskens, Frans
dc.creatorMigge, Bettina
dc.creatorStrand, Elizabeth A.
dc.identifier.citationWorking Papers in Linguistics, no. 50 (1997), 41-68.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0473-9604 (print)
dc.description.abstractVariation in vowel height and diphthongal/monophthongal character of the vowels /æ/ and /a/ are studied in the speech of two speakers from central Ohio in order to measure their participation in the sequence of vowel system changes commonly referred to as the Northern Cities Shift (Labov, 1994). The data were gathered from radio shows for which the speakers served as announcers. Determinations of vowel height and diphthongal nature of vowels were made by auditory judgment of the researchers and were correlated with acoustic measurements of F1 and F2 frequencies. The results suggest that the vowel system of the central Ohio dialect is undergoing change, but are inconclusive as to whether this change indicates participation in the Northern Cities Shift. Detailed analyses of social and linguistic factors correlated with the tensing and raising of /æ/ are offered.en_US
dc.publisherOhio State University. Department of Linguisticsen_US
dc.rightsThis object is protected by copyright, and is made available here for research and educational purposes. Permission to reuse, publish, or reproduce the object beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to copyright law must be obtained from the copyright holder.en_US
dc.titleThe Northern Cities Shift in the Heartland? A Study of Radio Speech in Columbus, Ohioen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US

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