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Title: Liverpool English
Author: Kevin Watson
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Institution: University of Canterbury
Linguistic Field: Phonology; Sociolinguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: Liverpool English (LE) is the variety of English spoken in Liverpool and much of the surrounding county of Merseyside, in the north-west of England. After London, the north-west of England is the most densely populated of all regions in England and Wales, with the population of Liverpool standing at around 450,000. LE itself is said to have developed in the middle of the 19th century, after rapid immigration from Ireland during the Irish potato famines of 1845–1847 (see Knowles 1973). Arguably as a result of this immigration, as we will see, there are some similarities between LE's phonological system and those of Irish Englishes. Of course, as we might expect, the phonological system of LE maintains its connection with other northern Englishes, too.


This article appears IN Journal of the International Phonetic Association Vol. 37, Issue 3.

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