Posh and Becks getting posher

Posted on April 15, 2013 by

Third-year LEL undergraduates have had the results of their research reported in Manchester Evening News!

Mentioned are Charles Boorman, James Pickett, Naomi Proszynska and Alix Roberts. Boorman and Roberts found that Becks uses word-initial /h/ a lot more nowadays than he used to, even to the extent of hypercorrection! Pickett & Proszynska, meanwhile, discovered that between 1997 and 2012 Posh’s rate of /l/-vocalization has gone down.

The reported studies originated as coursework for Dr Laurel MacKenzie‘s course Language Change Across the Lifespan (LELA30981). Together they show that undergraduate work doesn’t have to be consigned to the waste paper basket, but can make a real contribution to research and to public understanding!

Featured image: Posh and Becks, from the Manchester Evening News article.