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Language and Dialect Contact in IrelandThe Phonological Origins of Mid-Ulster English$
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Warren Maguire

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781474452908

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474452908.001.0001

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(p.100) 4 Vowels
Language and Dialect Contact in Ireland

Warren Maguire

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter examines the vowels of MUE from a historical perspective. Following an overview of the vowel system of the dialect compared to those of the input and neighbouring varieties, it concentrates on three topics which give a detailed insight into the history of the dialect: vowel quality; vowel quantity; the lexical distribution of vowel phonemes. It finds that although the lexical distribution of vowel phonemes is mostly of English origin, their quality and, especially, quantity show considerable evidence of input from Scots.

Keywords:   Vowels, Vowel quality, Vowel quantity, Lexical distribution

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