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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-82
Number of pages23
JournalAmerican Speech
Issue numberSupplement (102)1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2017


Arizona’s settlement history is like that of the other Southwestern states and California, with early indigenous populations coming into contact first with Spanish-speaking settlers and later with non-Hispanic European American migrants coming from the South, East, and Midwest, and later still from California (Sheridan 1995, 154). Arizona (like New Mexico) is also situated in an interesting dialectological position. The speech of Arizonans has likely been influenced by both the well-documented vocalic patterns of the Southern United States (e.g., Feagin 2003) and the vocalic mergers and other changes often collectively referred to as the California Vowel Shift (Eckert 2004). In the present chapter, we consider both these sources of influence and sketch out a basic foundation for understanding vowel variation in the state of Arizona.

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  • phonetics, sociophonetics, sociolinguistics, variation, vowels, dialectology, US English, English Language, Arizona, sound change

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