Labov And Trudgill Observation Report

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The results from the Labov and Trudgill observations really surprised. In New York City, it was found that the higher a person’s socio-economic status, the more likely it was that they would pronounce the postvocalic /r/ sound. If they were of lower status, they wouldn’t pronounce the sound. However, in Reading, England, it was found that the higher class individuals didn’t pronounce the /r/ sounds that their American counterparts were known for. It was pretty interesting how word sounds could differ depending on the social class, and even among the people in the same class, their words could sound the opposite of each other. If anything, I think these observations show that grammar and social markers can differ among the cultures and countries
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