15th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-15)

Barcelona, Spain
August 3-9, 2003


A Constraint-Based Approach to the Phonology of English Accents

Linda Shockey

University of Reading, UK

Optimality Theory may or may not prove to be an ideal way of describing differences between and among languages, but it provides a natural framework for describing such differences with respect to accents of English, which often show the same phonological constraints but to different degrees. This paper describes and criticises the OT approach to variation and presents an OT-type description of glottal stopping of /t/ in three accents: Standard Southern British, Midlands, and Durham.

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Bibliographic reference.  Shockey, Linda (2003): "A constraint-based approach to the phonology of English accents", In ICPhS-15, 2733-2736.