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Click to edit Master subtitle style 5/23/11 Anth 270/271 Homegirls, part 4
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5/23/11 Variationist sociolinguistics Pioneered by William Labov Seemingly minor differences in language use (e.g. how you pronounce your vowels) carry a lot of social meaning Classic study of /r/ in NYC R: “Excuse me, where is the shoe dept? “ C: “On the fourth floor” R: “Excuse me?” C: “On the fourth floor”
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5/23/11 The higher class the store, the more r The more prestigious the floor, the more r
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5/23/11 Hypercorrection / linguistic insecurity Things that carry the same semantic meaning, but nevertheless vary by group/person, must therefore carry social meaning
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5/23/11 A variationist analysis of Latina girl talk / I / -raising I / x /i/) Findings: / I / is raised the most before ng, as in “thing” / I / raising is associate d with gang girls
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5/23/11 Variationist findings The leaders of the gangs raise the most They raise it most in words like
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