New article by Míša Hejná and colleagues

2020-06-08

In this new article entitled "Attention To People Like You: A Proposal Regarding Neuroendocrine Effects on Linguistic Variation", Míša Hejná, Lauren Ackerman, and Joel C. Wallenberg present preliminary results consistent with the hypothesis that a biological factor, prenatal exposure to androgens, can have a small, continuous biasing effect on linguistic variation, namely the variable duration of pre-aspiration conditioned by voiceless obstruents in Tyneside English. Based on this, they propose an explanatory model in which the biological factor—prenatal testosterone exposure—creates subtle bias in how speakers learn linguistic variants and suggest that some reported sex effects are derivative.

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