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Individual differences and sound change actuation: evidence from imitation and perception of English /str/

Mary Stevens, Deborah Loakes, Sascha Calhoun (ed.), Paola Escudero (ed.), Marija TABAIN (ed.), Paul Warren (ed.)

Australasian Speech Science and Technology Association Inc | Published : 2019


This study investigates the role of individual differences in the earliest stages of sound change, taking as a case study /s/-retraction in . Australian English speakers completed an auditory repetition task involving isolated words with word-initial sibilants. In -words the sibilant was manipulated to resemble post-alveolar [ʃ]. The same participants also completed a forced choice perception task involving sibilants. The study tests two predictions: (1) the sibilant in -words should shift in the direction [s] → [ʃ] during exposure; (2) the magnitude and direction of shifts within individuals..

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