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Sociolinguistic reflexes of dialect interference in West Wirral

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Mark Newbrook

Studies of the phonology of urban language varieties in the Labovian vein have generally concentrated on structural and statistical differentiation along the «standard»-«non-standard» dimension. In this work the author reports the results of an attempt to apply the relevant methodology and theory to a more complex situation involving the encroachment of an extraneous vernacular on a formerly rural area in England where prestige standard forms are also well represented. The dialectological findings are described in some detail, and innovatory perspectives on various methodological and theoretical issues are developed.
Contents: Extension of the Labovian paradigm to situations where competing non-standard varieties are present - The facts of one such case - Ensuing innovations, particularly on «norms»/«claims».