De LaurentESE

A Diachronic Study of the Idiolect of Giada De Laurentiis

Michael Marinaccio (Author)

New York University


An increasing amount of sociolinguistic research has been concentrated on diachronic idiolect change: the change of an individual’s dialect over time. This paper adds to this growing topic by analyzing the English idiolect change of Giada De Laurentiis, a heritage speaker of Italian. The study analyzes De Laurentiis’ LOT, START, and GOAT vowels, as well as the voice onset time (VOT) of voiceless stops [k] and [p] by measuring the utterances of the code-switched word ‘mascarpone’ across 20 seasons on television. The data reflect the influence of L2 US English (rhoticity, diphthongization, lengthened VOTs) on heritage Italian in De Laurentiis’ idiolect. 

How to Cite
Marinaccio, Michael. “De LaurentESE: A Diachronic Study of the Idiolect of Giada De Laurentiis”. Lifespans and Styles, vol. 7, no. 2, Dec. 2021, pp. 30-38, doi:10.2218/ls.v7i2.2021.6641.