Wednesday 3 November | 18:00 | Appleton Tower 1 | £1/FREE for members
A Neat Little Phenomenon in Liverpool English
Dr. Patrick Honeybone
Dept. of Linguistics & English Language
This next talk in our Soap Vox Lectures series is the first this year to concentrate on the ‘English Language’ side of the LEL world. Dr. Patrick Honeybone, a Senior Lecture in the department, specialises in Historical Phonology, Phonological Theory and Northern Englishes. It is a phenomenon relating to the last of these interests which he will be exploring in his talk.
For mor information on Patrick’s research and teaching visit his staff home page.
In most (or all?) forms of English, speakers can shorten words to produce nicknames like ‘Andy’ from ‘Andrew’, ‘Bobby’ from ‘Robert’, ‘Charlie’ from ‘Charles’, ‘Tony’ from ‘Anthony’ and ‘Wally’ from ‘Walter’. The pattern that people follow when they do this is relatively consistent, but it can only be applied to names and there is some quite unpredictable variation. (Why are two consonants preserved in Andy but only one in Wally? Why is the initial consonant fully preserved in Charlie and Wally, but not in Bobby? Why does Andy preserve the start of Andrew, but Tony the end of Anthony?)
Liverpool English has a similar but much more productive and phonologically more consistent phenomenon. I call it ‘Scouse Diddification’. Fritz Spiegl illustrated it with the phrase “Gerra butty from de chippie outside Sevvie”, which has three diddificated forms: ‘butty’ from ‘(bread and) butter’, ‘chippie’ from ‘chipshop’ and ‘Sevvie’ from ‘Sefton (Park)‘, and these nicely illustrate the phonological template that speakers use to create the diddificated forms. The template is precise and consistent, and can be applied to nouns at will. In this talk I describe the phonology of Scouse Diddification and consider what kinds of data and methodologies can be used to investigate it.
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The talk will start at 6:00 p.m. and last about 1 hr. There will be a Q&A/ discussion session at 7:00 p.m. which should last about half an hour.
We also meet at Assembly Bar (41 Lothian Street EH1 1HB ) after the talk at 8:00 p.m. for food and drink with the speaker.
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