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Lewis C. (Chad) Howe

Associate Professor
Graduate Coordinator

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218 Gilbert Hall
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My principle area of research is language variation and change, primarily focusing on structural phenomena in the Romance Languages. More generally, I investigate the forces that shape language use and the subsequent effect that these forces have on how language evolves. Starting with my doctoral dissertation, Cross-dialectal features of the Spanish Present Perfect: A Typological Analysis of Form and Function (Ohio State, 2006), I have focused on the dichotomy between forms of past reference (i.e. periphrastic vs. simple past) in Romance Languages, a widely discussed topic that had nonetheless received sparse attention in the literature on structural and semantic (i.e. meaning) change. Considered in the aggregate, my work in this area has argued for a revised view of periphrastic past constructions that takes into account the behavior and evolution of these forms in and outside of the Romance family. Building on my original fieldwork conducted in Spain and Peru, I have continued to explore the broader implications of my claims, especially their potential to inform general theories concerning the nature of linguistic change.

Education:

Georgia Southern University, BA (1999)

The Ohio State University, MA (2001)

The Ohio State University, PhD (2006)

Specific Research Areas:

Some Current Projects:

  1. Grammaticalization and language change in Romance Languages
  2. Language variation and change in social media
  3. Incipient Language Shift in a Southern Latino Community
  4. Indigenous Languages in Latin America: Contact, Shift, and Maintenance

Articles Featuring Lewis C. (Chad) Howe

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 10:34am

Dr. Chad Howe will be offering a Special Topics course during Maymester 2020 – “The Digital Life of Language” LING 4910 & ROML 4120/6120! This course is one of many approved courses for the 

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 11:03am

Collections of speech and text, known as corpora, have long played a key role in linguistics. Now with the help of a Learning Technologies Grant [from UGA's Center for Teaching and Learning], UGA linguists have access to an…

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 16:16pm

The Linguistics Department is proud to announce that two CURO students will be working with our faculty this fall.

My Graduate Students


Andrew Bray

Ph.D. Candidate

Kit Callaway

Ph.D. Candidate

Katy Dwyer

Ph.D. Student

Dot-Eum (Rachel) Kim

Ph.D. Candidate

Shannon Rodríguez

Ph.D. Candidate

Vanessa Swenson

Ph.D. Student

Graduate Committees:


Amelia Abbott

Ph.D. Student

Keiko Bridwell

Ph.D. Student

Rachel Miller Olsen

Ph.D. Candidate

Trevor Ramsey

Ph.D. Candidate

Kyle Vanderniet

Ph.D. Student

Kim Waters

Ph.D. Candidate

Shulin Zhang

Ph.D. Student

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