Since building our corpus (over a million words) and analysing a number of variables (more than thirty) at a variety of levels in the grammar (phonetic, phonological, morphosyntactic, discourse, lexical) we’re now starting to to pull our evidence together so that we can tackle our larger research questions.

Specifically, how does bidialectalism work? In other words, do speakers exhibit two distinct codes or is it more like one with a very malleable style dimension? Are some variable types more prone to bidialectal switching than others? How does language change progress in this type of enclave community where the dialect exhibits a number of relic features (unshifted vowels for example) alongside widespread and contemporary features (quotative be like, high rates of t-glottaling etc)?

Below are some links to our published papers with our works in progress listed underneath, so watch this space!

Click on the links for links to the papers:

Holmes-Elliott, S. and Smith, J (2015)  DRESS-down: /ε/-lowering in apparent time in a rural Scottish communityProceedings from the XVIII International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Glasgow

Works in progress (linked articles following revision):

Smith, J., & Holmes-Elliott, S. (submitted) The unstoppable glottal: tracking rapid change in an iconic British variable

Smith, J., & Holmes-Elliott, S. (under preparation) Pulling out all the stops: the acquisition of an iconic British variable

Holmes-Elliott, S. & Smith, J. (under preparation) Dressing down up north: a sociophonetic investigation into the relationship between DRESS-lowering and changes in /l/ quality in northeast Scotland