“Scouse” but not “Scouser”? Embedded enregistered repertoires for adolescent girls on The Wirral

Cooper, Paul ORCID: 0000-0002-3657-7384 and Lampropoulou, Sofia ORCID: 0000-0001-9072-1394
(2021) “Scouse” but not “Scouser”? Embedded enregistered repertoires for adolescent girls on The Wirral. Language & Communication, 78. pp. 109-121.

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Liverpool English, or “Scouse”, is reportedly spreading into surrounding areas including the Wirral. Interviews with adolescent female speakers on the Wirral revealed that certain language features are perceived as sounding more or less “Scouse”. Some features were also strongly associated with a stereotypical “Scouser” identity that speakers evaluated negatively and explicitly denied. Others were associated with sounding like a Liverpool speaker and evaluated positively. We conclude that there are multiple and embedded repertoires perceived by these speakers: a “Scouse” repertoire associated with solidarity, locality (Liverpool) and coolness and the repertoire of a “Scouser” which is associated with being unintelligible, non-posh and annoying.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Liverpool English, Scouse, Indexicality, Enregisterment, Adolescents, Identity
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of the Arts
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2021 07:52
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2023 01:30
DOI: 10.1016/j.langcom.2021.03.004
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3118630