Chapter published in:Language Variation - European Perspectives VII: Selected papers from the Ninth International Conference on Language Variation in Europe (ICLaVE 9), Malaga, June 2017
Edited by Juan-Andrés Villena-Ponsoda, Francisco Díaz Montesinos, Antonio-Manuel Ávila-Muñoz and Matilde Vida-Castro
[Studies in Language Variation 22] 2019
► pp. 160–173
Slit-t in Dublin English
The paper presents an analysis of speakers in Dublin, Ireland who align themselves with an authoritative interactional identity by realising a slit-t variant. A statistical analysis is first presented and then salient patterns of variation are discussed before proceeding to a qualitative evaluation. The latter highlights the discourse functions clustering around the slit-t occurrences, which indicate that a speaker will adopt a sociopragmatic position, like emphasizing a point. My interpretations characterize the interactions where slit-t tokens are found as epistemically-based, inferring how speakers position themselves and others. The conclusions include a discussion of how ethnographically informed, qualitatively-skewed mixed methods can elucidate the social meaning of linguistic variants.
Keywords: discourse analysis, discourse functions of linguistic variants, Dublin English, ethnography, frication, interactional identity, Irish English, slit-t, social meaning, sociopragmatics
Published online: 12 December 2019
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