An Evaluation of Sociolinguistic Elicitation Methods

Zac Boyd, Zuzana Elliott, Josef Fruehwald, Lauren Hall-Lew, Daniel Lawrence

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This study investigates the effects of different elicitation methods on the speech of a single speaker of San Francisco English who is participating in a systematic set of vocalic sound changes known as the California Vowel Shift [6]. We contrast data
obtained from classic sociolinguistic interview methods with data from self-recordings, as well as data from various methods for eliciting spontaneous speech that are typically used in laboratory settings. An analysis of five sound changes indicates that self-recorded speech often results in significantly more advanced productions than interview speech, while speech from laboratory methods is largely comparable to interview speech. Surprisingly, differences between read speech and unscripted
speech are minimal. We conclude by recommending the utility of controlled-but-spontaneous laboratory elicitation methods, and by strongly recommending the use of self-recorded data for studies of sound changes in progress.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventThe 18th International Conference of the Phonetic Sciences - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 Aug 201514 Aug 2015


ConferenceThe 18th International Conference of the Phonetic Sciences
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • linguistics
  • variation
  • style
  • methods
  • vowels
  • dialectology
  • sociolinguistics


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