Naomi Nagy

Linguistics at U of T

Language Variation and Change

LIN 456 & 1156 (Fall 2017) Readings

Textbooks | Required articles | Social Factor Fest | Formal Fest


Available from U of T Bookstore

  • Required textbook: Walker, James. A. 2010. Variation in linguistic systems. NY: Routledge.
  • Recommended textbook: Tagliamonte, Sali A. 2006. Analysing sociolinguistic variation. Cambridge: CUP.

The following articles are assigned:

D'Arcy, A. 2013. Variation and change. Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics. NY: Oxford University Press. 484-502.

Bayley, R. 2013. Variationist sociolinguistics. Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics. NY: Oxford University Press. 11-30.

Tamminga, Meredith. 2011. Getting started with Rbrul for the completely clueless: A basic illustrated guide to the quantitative analysis of categorical linguistic variables. ms.

Brezina, V. & M. Meyerhoff. 2014. Significant or random? A critical review of sociolinguistic generalisations based on large corpora. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 19.1:1-28.

Gorman, K. & D. Johnson. 2013. Quantitative analysis. Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics. NY: Oxford University Press. 11-30.

Walker, J. 2012. Form, function, and frequency in phonological variation. Language Variation and Change 24:397–415.

Hay, J., S. Jannedy & N. Mendoza-Denton. 2010. Oprah and /ay/: Lexical frequency, referee design and style. In M. Meyerhoff & E. Schleef. The Routledge sociolinguistics reader. 53-59.

Owens, J., R. Dodsworth & M. Kohn. 2013. Subject expression and discourse embeddedness in Emirati Arabic. Language Variation and Change 25/3: 255-85

Nagy, N. 2013.Phonology and sociolinguistics.Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics. NY: Oxford University Press. 425-444.

King, R. 2013. Morphosyntactic variation. Oxford Handbook of Sociolinguistics. NY: Oxford University Press. 445-463.

Each student will read one of these articles
(or another suitable to the topic of social independent variables) for the Social Factor Fest:

Chambers, J. & A. Lapierre. 2011. Dialect variants in the bilingual belt. Le français en contact: Hommages à Raymond Mougeon. Presses de l'Université Laval. 35-50.

Meyerhoff, M. 2010. Introducing sociolinguistics. NY: Routledge. assorted chapters on age, class, gender, social network, Communities of practice.

Nagy, N. HLVC Ethnic Orientation Questionnaire materials.

Nagy, N. & A. Kochetov. 2013. Voice onset time across the generations: A cross-linguistic study of contact-induced change. In P. Siemund, I. Gogolin, M. Schulz, & J. Davydova, eds. Multilingualism and Language Diversity in Urban Areas. Acquisition, identities, space, education. Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 19-38. See pp. 24, 26, 32-34.

Each graduate student will read one of these articles
for the Formal Fest

Adger, D & J. Smith. 2005. Variation and the minimalist program. Syntax and variation: reconciling the biological and the social. In L Cornips & K. Corrigan, eds. 149–78, Amsterdam, The Netherlands/Philadelphia, PA: John Benjamins.

Boersma, P., & Hayes, B. 2001. Empirical tests of the Gradual Learning Algorithm. Linguistic Inquiry 32: 45–86.

Coetzee, A., & Pater, J. 2011. The place of variation in phonological theory. In J. Goldsmith, J. Riggle, & A. Yu (eds.). Handbook of phonological theory, 2nd ed. 401–434. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.

Embick, D. 2008. Variation and Morphosyntactic Theory: Competition Fractionated. Language and Linguistics Compass 2/1: 59-78, 10.1111/j.1749-818x.2007.00038.x.

Henry, A. 1995. Belfast English and Standard English: Dialect variation and parameter setting. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. [book! – maybe there's a shorter article?]

Kroch, A. 1994. Morphosyntactic variation. Papers from the 30th Regional Meeting of the Chicago Linguistics Society: Parasession on Variation and Linguistic Theory. In K. Beals, ed. 180–201. Chicago, IL: Chicago Linguistic Society.

Meyerhoff, Miriam. 2015. Turning variation on its head: Analysing subject prefixes in Nkep (Vanuatu) for language documentation. Asia-Pacific Language Variation 1.1:78 – 108

Nagy, N. & B. Reynolds. 1997. Optimality theory and variable word-final deletion in Faetar. Language Variation and Change 9.1:37-56.

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