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      Style Shifting from Cypriot towards Greek Phonology

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          This study investigates how different linguistic audiences influence the speech styles of Cypriot Greeks who are bilinguals in Cypriot and Standard Modern Greek. Drawing upon the theoretical framework of language style as audience design (Bell 1984), this paper investigates style shifting of select phonological variables—from Cypriot Greek towards Standard Modern Greek—in the interactions of Cypriots with three types of audiences, composed of respectively: 1. Cypriot addressees and Greek auditors; 2. Greek and Cypriot addressees; and 3. Greek addressees and Cypriot auditors. The variables investigated are (k), (x), (t), (p). Apart from the specific results for each of the variables, this research demonstrates that the subjects under investigation shift their speech to imitate the speech of their addressees, whereas auditors have an inferior effect on style shifting. Specifically, the results of this study show greater style-shifting in conversations with an audience of Greek addressees rather than auditors.

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                Journal
                15699846
                Journal of Greek Linguistics
                JGL
                Brill (The Netherlands )
                1566-5844
                1569-9846
                2013
                : 13
                : 1
                : 54-70
                Affiliations
                Frederick University Cyprus pre.mc@ 123456frederick.ac.cy
                Article
                10.1163/15699846-13130105
                © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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