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SoConDi Meeting: Hayley Heaton on Lebanese English in the South

Friday, March 1, 2013
12:00 AM
403 Lorch Hall

Lebanese English in the American South: Dialect accommodation and the recession of substrate

Haley Heaton will present in SoConDi today. The title and abstract of her presentation follows below.

Lebanese English in the American South: Dialect accommodation and the recession of substrate

A cohesive Lebanese community has existed in North Carolina for over a century, raising issues about the role of substrate features and the accommodation of Southern English. The acoustic analysis of vowel systems, syllable timing, and voice-onset timing (VOT) along with the analysis of selected morphosyntactic features demonstrates that Lebanese born in North Carolina do not maintain substrate influence. Selected aspects of Southern vowels are accommodated, but accommodation avoids socially stigmatized grammatical features. The pattern, which contrasts with other Southern ethnolinguistic repertoires, is explained in terms of community values that underscore upward mobility and educational and social status achievement.

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