Begging for bags: BAG-raising and prescriptive ideologies in Spokane Washington

Drew Crosby, Amanda Dalola

Abstract


Prevelar raising, the raising of /æ/ and /ɛ/ before /g/ and /ŋ/, has been noted during the last decade as a feature of Pacific Northwest English (PNWE). Previous research has focused mainly on gender and age as predictors, revealing a complex interplay that generally points to a decline in usage among younger generations. The present research reveals contradictory findings and identifies a novel category in the debate—speaker attitude towards the variable—which is found to condition it more robustly than other established predictors.

Keywords


BAG-raising; Washington State English; Pacific Northwest English; linguistic ideologies; BAG-tensing; prescriptivism; prevelar raising

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.3765/plsa.v5i1.4714

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