My short report, Media and Second Dialect Acquisition, is now published online at Annual Review of Applied Linguistics. Sociolinguistic research suggests that traditional broadcast media (i.e. TV) doesn’t seem to affect people’s accents much, at least not in a way that’s easy to empirically document; at the same time, phonetics research has shown that participants will measurably shift their accents towards ambient recorded voices. What gives? In this paper, I explore this disconnect and suggest some possibilities for future research exploring new/social media and its effect on accent.
Just back from an excellent trip to the Netherlands! After jaunts in Amsterdam, Leiden, and the eastern countryside, we headed up to Leeuwarden for ICLaVE 10 where I gave my talk, A difference without a distinction? How speakers split word classes without acquiring new categories. My talk was part of a larger panel on phonemic splits organized by Sandra Jansen and Natalie Braber - thanks to both for inviting me to be a part of it!
I’ve just returned from the University of Iowa, where I gave an invited talk (Dialects on the Move: What Accent Change in Mobile Speakers Can Reveal About People, Phonology, and the Lexicon) in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and otherwise had a great time chatting with faculty and students!