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Estuary English?

A sociophonetic study of teenage speech in the Home Counties


Joanna Przedlacka

This book discusses the phonetic make-up of the teenage speech in the Home Counties in order to verify the status of a putative new variety referred to as «Estuary English». The study compares the findings of a field research carried out by the author in the vicinity of London in 1998/1999 with the data from the Survey of English Dialects obtained half a century earlier. The results of the research show that «Estuary English» should be viewed as a number of distinct accents with some influences of London speech, not a single and definable variety.

BIC Classifications

  • Language (C)
    • Language: reference & general (CB)
      • Language: history & general works (CBX)
  • Literature & literary studies (D)
    • Literature: history & criticism (DS)
      • Literary studies: general (DSB)
        • Literary studies: classical, early & medieval (DSBB)

BISAC Classifications

  • Foreign Language Study (FOR)
    • FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language (FOR007000)
  • Language Arts & Disciplines (LAN)
    • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / General (LAN000000)

THEMA Classifications

  • Language & Linguistics (C)
    • Linguistics (CF)
      • Historical & comparative linguistics (CFF)
        • Dialect, slang & jargon (CFFD)
  • Language qualifiers (2)
    • Indo-European languages (2A)
      • Germanic & Scandinavian languages (2AC)
        • English (2ACB)