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- Dr. Gerard Van Herk
- Sociolinguistics; Phonetics; Phonology and Dialect Contact.
Local Identity and Accommodation Strategy in a Tourist Dependent Community
I am proposing to examine how members of a speech community that depends on an external source of income, such as tourism, use local language to index identity against their use of non-local language to accommodate summer visitors and to ameliorate socioeconomic pressures. I will look at how life-long residents of my home community, Mount Desert Island, which sees over 2.5 million tourists every year, use local and non-local language phonology.