Regional Relocation and Phonetic Dialect Markers

Longitudinal Tracking of the (ING) Vowels in Two YouTube Personalities

  • Victoria Kuo The Bronx High School of Science



This paper tracks phonological change in the (ING) morpheme in two YouTube personalities over time. Both participants relocated to a different dialect region than their hometowns over the course of their careers, motivating the hypothesis of this paper: geographic relocation is a catalyst for adult accent change. With a longitudinal study method, I selected audio clips from different periods in each YouTuber’s life and collected formant measurements of the targeted words. Based on a Pearson’s correlation analysis and hypothesis testing models, the participants showed statistically significant progression in their speech over time. Additionally, the speakers exhibited audible shifts most likely as an effect of aging. It is inconclusive whether this study’s observations are influenced by the difference in dialect or societal pressures of the relocated locations without further research in the other variables of each regional dialect. 

How to Cite
Kuo, V. “Regional Relocation and Phonetic Dialect Markers”. Lifespans and Styles, Vol. 7, no. 2, Dec. 2021, pp. 39-47, doi:10.2218/ls.v7i2.2021.6642.