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A century of change in prevocalic (r) in Carlisle English

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Abstract

Language-internal factors in the levelling of local features have been overlooked in many cases. Based on a quantitative analysis of oral history recordings and sociolinguistic interviews I discuss constraints on the levelling of prevocalic (r) across the 20th century in Carlisle English, an urban variety spoken in the far north-west of England. The study focuses particularly on the use of (r) in CrV position and the possibility that levelling of (r) in this environment is linked to the decrease of PreR-dentalisation.

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