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14/10/19 Talk by Whitney Chappell organized by the Master in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

14/10/19 Talk by Whitney Chappell organized by the Master in Theoretical and Applied Linguistics

The Intersection of Phonetics and Sociolinguistics: The Social Meaning of Sounds, by Whitney Chappell 

09.10.2019

 

 


Titol: The Intersection of Phonetics and Sociolinguistics: The Social Meaning of Sounds,
a càrrec de Whitney Chappell (Associate Professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio and
2019 Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad de Murcia)


Dia: dilluns 14 d'octubre de 2019

Hora: de 14:00 a 15:00   

Lloc: aula 54.084  - Campus de la Comunicació-Poblenou (UPF)

 

Abstract: The field of variationist sociolinguistics has historically been concerned with
production, establishing correlations between linguistic variants and certain social groups.
However, this approach leaves unanswered important questions that could speak to individual or
group motivations for employing innovative variants. In this talk, I explore recent advances in
sociophonetic perception studies to shed light on these overlooked questions. For instance, why
is a particular variant used more by working-class speakers, women, or younger members of a
community? How is a given variant perceived by in-group and out-group members? Finally,
perhaps the simplest question that goes unanswered in production studies is this: what meanings
do phonetic variants carry? I contend that these questions can be more clearly answered by
perception studies, which provide a nuanced understanding of a variant’s social meanings in
context.

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