Cole and Strycharczuk in ‘English Language and Linguistics’

Posted on May 17, 2022 by

Hot off the press in English Language and Linguistics is “Dialect levelling and Cockney diphthong shift reversal in South East England: the case of the Debden Estate” by Amanda Cole (Essex) and LEL’s Pat Strycharczuk. The study traces the development of traditional Cockney vowels (think “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plane”) in a community relocated from East London, where Cockney originated from, to Loughton in Essex. Over time, the vowel has shifted towards a wider pan-regional standard, similar as in other areas in the South East with Cockney influences. However, the timing of the specific vowel changes is unique to each community. You can find out more about this by reading the paper, which is available Open Access here.