Linguistic variation, identity construction and cognition
Speakers use a variety of different linguistic resources in the construction of their identities, and they are able to do so because their mental representations of linguistic and social information are linked. While the exact nature of these representations remains unclear, there is growing evidence that they encode a great deal more phonetic detail than traditionally assumed and that the phonetic detail is linked with word-based information. This book investigates the ways in which a lemma’s phonetic realisation depends on a combination of its grammatical function and the speaker’s social group. This question is investigated within the context of the word like as it is produced and perceived by students at an all girls’ high school in New Zealand. The results are used to inform an exemplar-based model of speech production and perception in which the quality and frequency of linguistic and non-linguistic variants contribute to a speaker’s style.
Keywordsmental representations; personal identity; speech production and perception; phonetic detail in mental representations; speaker's social group; Discourse marker; Goths; Grammatical relation; Quotative; Vowel
PublisherLanguage Science Press
Publication date and place2015
SeriesStudies in Laboratory Phonology, 2