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Dialect Laboratory : Dialects As a Testing Ground for by Gunther De Vogelaer, Guido Seiler

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Dialect Laboratory : Dialects As a trying out floor for Theories of Language switch

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The reasoning behind this expectation is that as LOT and THOUGHT merge to a single value somewhere further back and higher than [c], the “available space” in which TRAP can vary is proportionally extended. g. The Canadian Shift; see Clarke et al. 1995). the amount to which the TRAP vowel has retracted can be measured by the F2 value of TRAP; c. Therefore, a positive correlation should exist such that the F2 of TRAP ­decreases as the Cartesian Distance between LOT and THOUGHT d ­ ecreases. In order to test this hypothesis, data presented here are taken from an emerging adult (Arnett 2000; 2001) speech community living in Southern Illinois (for a full description, see Bigham 2008; 2010).

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