By Olivia Frey
Towards the tip of the 20 th century, William Labov, an American linguist, overruled the tools of conventional dialectology counting on lexical edition and claimed that “regional range is expanding because of opposing pursuits inside vowel platforms” (Labov, Ash & Boberg 2005: 18). In different phrases, the divergent advancements in American English dialects are as a result of the operation of chain shifts relocating the phonetic values of vowels in notably diverse instructions. In those advanced rotations, complete units or subsystems of vowels opposite their relative positions to one another, wherein telephones representing one phoneme in a single dialect signify a completely varied phoneme in one other (Labov 1991: 3).
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