Baranowski in “Language Variation and Change”

Posted on February 2, 2023 by

Maciej Baranowski’s paper “Part of town as an independent factor: the NORTH-FORCE merger in Manchester” has just been published in Language Variation and Change. Maciej is a bit of a regular in this venerable variationist journal (see also here and here), having painstakingly documented the beautiful Manchester accent over the years. This new study investigates various degrees of NORTH-FORCE merger across the city, i.e. whether speakers have a distinction between words like horse and hoarse, or morning and mourning. Manchester is one of the last bastions of the horse-hoarse contrast, but not all corners of the city are holding out quite the same. Which part of town should you visit to hear the contrast? Click here to find out!