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Sociolinguistics and Language Variation

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Sociolinguistics and Language Variation involve the study of how language varies among different groups of speakers and the relationship of this variation to social factors. The examination of the reciprocal effects of social organization and social contexts on language use and the exploration of social and linguistic diversity helps us better understand how we use language to construct personal, cultural, and social identities.





Sociolinguistics, Heritage language communities, Historical linguistics, Germanic languages 

Sociolinguistics, Language Variation and Change, Southern US Englishes, African American Language, Phonetics, Phonology

Some Current Projects:

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

Language variation, Corpus linguistics, American English

Slavic prosody and the phonology/morphology interface; historical Slavic linguistics and accentology; and sociolinguistics, with a focus on questions of language and identity and language contact in the former Yugoslavia.

Language variation and change, Romance languages

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