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This paper calls attention to the saliency of secondary education within the community and its utility in constructing social categories, in order to consider how it affects linguistic variation. Older St. Louisans draw on secondary education to construct a divide between those who attended Catholic high schools and those who attended public schools. I show that speakers in a sample of older St. Louisans differ in production of the thought vowel based on education type. This effect is weakened in apparent time when we consider a larger sample that includes both older and younger speakers. I draw on Brubaker’s (2004) view of groups as events and actions to argue that these categories were indexed only while they had a high degree of groupness, and suggest that social changes that led to diminished groupness between Catholics and Publics also resulted in the loss of a linguistic distinction between the groups.
Author(s): Duncan D
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Language in Society
Print publication date: 01/11/2021
Online publication date: 09/06/2020
Acceptance date: 30/01/2020
Date deposited: 31/01/2020
ISSN (print): 0047-4045
ISSN (electronic): 1469-8013
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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