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Ok, gonna try to use this instead of twitter. Sociolinguistics question: vowel shifts! This is possibly a obvious question - there are some examples where vowel shifts seem to have social causes (northern cities shift), but are there any that just look random, or a general trend to shift which doesn't have a social cause?

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@impractknow There are a few over here:
communitywiki.org/trunk/grab/L
There's no /fəʊˈnɛtɪks/ list yet, because there hasn't been enough interest. But if you ever get three more people who'd like to be in it, we'd be happy to add it.

@impractknow hi! I'm no longer a practicing linguist, but my degree is in pragmatics

@gretchenmcc will be better able to help, if she's around

@impractknow In theory, this is possible, the same way new words end up in a spoken language, though it's very unlikely to happen just randomly. Even then, it could be always linked to social factors. A sense of belonging, political views, class, trends, etc. Except in the case of the Great Vowel Shift, which will likely remain a debate for decades, if not forever.
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