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- Came up with dialect levelling, found that children brought up in Milton Keynes weren't speaking with the same accents as parents or using the local dialect, the features he found included the fronting of vowel sounds similar to Estuary English
- Focused on 48 children: 16 four-year olds, 16 eight-year olds and 16 twelve year olds and one caregiver for each child, children were either born in Milton Keynes or arrived there at age two
- Noted all occurrences of different pronunciations for each variable when children used words like coke and home for (ou) and move and shoe for (u:), they also recorded use of glottal stop and other Estuary English features
- Were recorded on tape video and were divided into two main sections: elicitation tasks (using quizzes, spot the difference pictures and map reading tasks) and spontaneous speech
- Found that the children tend to front their vowels more than adults
- Use of fronted pronunciation in words such as move (/mouv/ instead of /mu:V) amongst women and girls was shown to be in different patterns and older girls showed more fronting
- Speech of older children reflects characteristics of a new speech community developing in Milton Keynes, similar to Estuary English, younger children were similar to their parents accents
- Implications were Kerswill identified the emergence of a new Milton Keynes dialect that was a shared and standard form in the area, representing the combination of accent forms of the native and incoming communities demonstrating dialect levelling