IJSSH 2012 Vol.2(6): 525-528 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2012.V2.162

A Sociolinguistic Study of Vowel Harmony in Persian (Different Accents Perspective)

Morad Bagherzadeh Kasmani
Abstract—The data of the present article was collected through a randomly classified data collection process and Labovian sociolinguistic interviews; the data, then, was analyzed through the Pearson Chi square method by means of SPSS. The data were described through cross tabulations and diagrams as well. A total of 210 informants were interviewed: there are six groups of informants with different Persian accents (Tehrani, Isfahani, Shirazi, Mashhadi, Baboli and Ardebili), each group covering 35 informants. I followed sociolinguistic research techniques similar to the ones utilized and established in Labov [1], Milroy [2], Eckert [3], Josey [3] and Oliver Rajan [4]. The hypothesis of the present survey research is that there is a significant difference between and among different groups of informants' accents regarding their use of vowel harmony.

Index Terms—Vowel harmony, accent, extra-linguistic factors, prestige, formal.

Morad Bagherzadeh Kasmani is with Islamic Azad University, Chalous Branch, Iran (e-mail: kasmankola@yahoo.com)

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Cite: Morad Bagherzadeh Kasmani, "A Sociolinguistic Study of Vowel Harmony in Persian (Different Accents Perspective)," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 2, no. 6, pp. 525-528, 2012.
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