From Barack Obama to Beckham

Posted on August 25, 2016 by

Volume 2, issue 2 of the open-access undergraduate journal Lifespans and Styles has now emerged, and three of the contributions are by Manchester undergraduate students!

Xinyun Lei and Siqi Liu focus on two phonological variables in the usage of the outgoing US President Barack Obama. Victoria Wallace looks at Cheryl Fernandez-Versini (née Tweedy)’s FACE and GOAT vowels over 14 years, finding a shift towards RP-like pronunciations. Sofia Dahou and Jasmine Hamlin show a reduced rate of h-dropping and t-glottalling over time in the speech of David Beckham.

These papers follow excellent earlier contributions also by students in Laurel MacKenzie’s class Language Change across the Lifespan. Well done to all these authors for their precocious achievements!

Featured image: Barack Obama, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, and David Beckham. Originals from Wikimedia Commons here (by Pete Souza), here (by Georges Biard), and here. Image licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.