Lifespans and Styles

Lifespans & Styles highlights outstanding undergraduate work in variationist sociolinguistics. Each study examines patterns of intraspeaker variation with a focus on lifespan change or style-shifting.



Volume 2, Issue 2 (August 2016)


We are thrilled to announce the publication of Volume 2, Issue 2, featuring the work of nine undergraduate scholars. Read a full description in the Editorial and download the papers here:

Posted: 18-08-2016
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Vol 2, No 2 (2016)

2 2 2016
Vol 2, Issue 2 (August 2016)

Table of Contents


Editorial PDF
Lauren Hall-Lew 1
Has Barack Obama Changed his Language in Later Life? A Case Study of -ing/-in Variation and the MOUTH Vowel PDF
Xinyun Lei, Siqi Liu 2-9
“Whey Aye My Good Sir”: Has Cheryl Fernandez-Versini’s Accent Moved from Tyneside English to RP? PDF
Victoria Wallace 10-19
‘Ow Cockney is Beckham Twenty Years On? An Investigation into H-dropping and T-glottaling PDF
Sofia Dahou, Jasmine Hamlin 20-27
The Influence of Aspects of Social Identity on the Development of L2 Phonology PDF
Jenia Yudytska 28-35
An Intraspeaker Variation Study of Scottish English /r/ Pharyngealisation PDF
Ruaridh Purse, Euan McGill 36-44
Black Country English in the Spotlight: A Stylistic Analysis of Variable Contrast between Phonemes in an Urban Regiolect of British English PDF
Joel Merry 45-56

ISSN 2057-1720 (Online)