This work examines phonological variation in the speech of the
inhabitants of Coleraine, a small town in Northern Ireland. Its
purpose is to identify some of the mechanisms involved in language
change by focusing on one variety of Hiberno-English-Ulster Scots
in one small urban community. Kingsmore concentrates in particular
on the social and family networks of this urban working-class
community and their influence on the status and stigma of competing
nonstandard pronunciations. The author identifies the innovators of
phonological change and the social and linguistic barriers to
change. This qualitative study focuses on the effect of gender on
language variation and change. In addition, she describes
conflicting pressures between urban and rural varieties and
examines the extent of influence of a larger urban centre on a
smaller urban centre. Her sociolinguistic methodology is
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