“We act like girls and we don't act like men”: Ethnicity and local language change in a Philadelphia high school

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Title“We act like girls and we don't act like men”: Ethnicity and local language change in a Philadelphia high school Author(S)Suzanne Evans Wagner (Author)
Abstract  How is ethnicity indexed linguistically in a speech community in which immigrant L2s have typically not been spoken for three or more generations? Drawing on recordings and ethnographic observations of eighteen white high school girls in south Philadelphia, speakers of Irish descent are shown to differentiate themselves from speakers of Italian descent through their use of (ay0), that is, Canadian Raising. ...Paginationp 361-383
SubjectSociologyDescriptorsSociolinguistics
Journal TitleLanguage in Society  
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