Acts of Conflicting Identity - Linguistics

Acts of Conflicting Identity - Linguistics

Acts of Conflicting Identity The Sociolinguistics of British pop-song pronunciation by Peter Trudgill The Accent of pop singing At least since the 20s and the advent of Jazz, singers have adopted speech patterns while singing that are different from their regular speech patterns. In British pop music, starting in the late

50s, this accent most notable for its inclusion of non pre-vocalic /r/ in otherwise r-less English-English dialect Non pre-vocalic /r/ In the late 50s and 60s, /r/ incidence highest (47 percent) By the 70s, /r/ incidence (4 percent) Why did British singers add /r/ in the early parts of the

decade, only to lose it later? Three Possible Explanations Accommodation Theory (Giles and Smith 1979) Argues pop vocalists adopted, or attempted to adopt features of the prestige dialect into their singing patterns, in this case, American r-full English pronunciations This theory does not explain why the singers would want to sound like their audience; oftentimes, audiences adopt the speech

patterns of their favorite singers, not vice versa Three Possible Explanations appropriateness In the context of pop/rock song, it would be appropriate to sing like an American Three Possible Explanations

Le Page 3-part explanation First, British pop singers have attempted to model their singing on American English speech patterns. However, in doing so, they are actually trying to accommodate into a single singing dialect many different American dialects, such as AAVE, New York Dialect, and Upper Mid-West English Second, This leads to a confused idea about many aspects of American English, and leads to the odd /r/ inclusion, yielding Americer, idears, taughrt etc. Thus, Ability to modify our behavior degrades as we age. Thus /r/ inclusion is

always variable, and would be even if the British singers had accurately identified the patterns of American English Third, There are varying motivations towards adoption of a new dialect, and the accompanying identity In the 50s singing rock standards from America, it was natural to want to sound as an American. However, as Britpop emerged as a viable and influential, less rock oriented musical genre, there was a diminishing incentive to adopt that speech pattern Problems This theory does not explain why certain patterns of American English were retained in Britpop singing

Also, this theory cannot account for the hyperBritish, Estuary English common to many British punk bands, even though punk music is an American Genre (most music theorists point to The Stooges debut album (1968), as the birth of punk or proto-punk, and to the Ramones first performance (1976) as the official birth of punk rock)

Recently Viewed Presentations

  • Roberts and Williams

    Roberts and Williams

    Dowds. Voluntary acute intoxication, whether from alcohol or other substance, is not capable of founding diminished responsibility.
  • Serial Peripheral Interface Bus SPI SPI Bus Developed

    Serial Peripheral Interface Bus SPI SPI Bus Developed

    SD cards. Secure Digital cards: very small, power efficient, low-cost, popular. UHS-1 and USH-2. SD/SDIO physical pins are more or less QSPI, but protocol is unique
  • ABC book of Anne Frank - PBworks

    ABC book of Anne Frank - PBworks

    ABC book of Anne Frank By: Josh Ford Anne Frank was a young girl who was hiding from the Nazis Bravery is what the Franks needed to survive in a small room. Cat The Franks had to leave their cat...
  • Presentation heading (Arial 26 pt) white

    Presentation heading (Arial 26 pt) white

    The concept of the 'Digital Hospital' is being used to describe an ICT enabled hospital These are often called a 'Hospital of the Future', but the future is today with new developments (Box Hill, VCCC, RCH) rising to the challenge...
  • Welcome to Microsoft Azure for Research Training!

    Welcome to Microsoft Azure for Research Training! Click "Complete course" under "Download training materials" Start Learning. An easy way to find the page that hosts the labs is to search for "Azure for Research Training." It should be the first link that comes up. Remind people...
  • Chapter 18Communication and Collaboration - Quia

    Chapter 18Communication and Collaboration - Quia

    Persuasion and credibility in communication Expert power and referent power are essential for persuasion Credibility involves trust, respect, and integrity in the eyes of others
  • Pronoun Notes - Atlanta Public Schools

    Pronoun Notes - Atlanta Public Schools

    Pronouns and Antecedents The noun that the pronoun replaces or refers to is called the antecedent. The bus lost its tire. ("its" refers to the bus, so bus is the antecedent) Maria's mom wanted her to call.
  • TGC Status - 東京大学

    TGC Status - 東京大学

    Randall Sundrum model に於ける KK Graviton の dimuon 崩壊の探索 石川 明正 (神戸大学) Extra Dimension 標準理論では重力は含まれていない 重力は弱すぎて高エネルギー粒子の衝突では観測出来ない 重力のスケール(Planck Scale) >> 電弱スケール 1019 GeV >> 100 GeV Q. なぜ重力はこんなに弱いのか?