Another perspective on the Trager/Smith binary notation

These’ll be of interest to folks who might find Labov’s discussion of the critique of use of this notation in the Atlas of North American English less informative.

Kurath, Hans. 1957. The binary interpretation of English vowels: A critique. Language, 33.2: 111-122. http://www.jstor.org/pss/410723

The title is pretty self explanatory. Of course, things didn’t stop there. James Sledd responded pretty much right afterwards to Kurath in Language, and then Kurath responds to Sledd.

Sledd, James. 1958. Some questions of English phonology. Language, 34.2:252-258. http://www.jstor.org/pss/410828

Kurath, Hans. 1958. Some questions of English phonology: A reply. Language, 34.2: 259-260. http://www.ling.osu.edu/~ddurian/AWAC/Kurath_1958.pdf

Advertisements

About daviddurian
I am a sociolinguist with a Ph D in Linguistics from The Ohio State University. Currently, I work as the Lecturer at Rice University, where I teach undergraduate courses in both sociolinguistics and general linguistics. I also work on research projects investing language variation and change in US English a variety of cities. Specifically, at the moment, this includes Houston, Chicago, and Columbus, OH.

3 Responses to Another perspective on the Trager/Smith binary notation

  1. vocalised says:

    Wow David, your blog is rapidly developing into an excellent research and teaching resource! This and the Ohala post are terrific.

  2. vocalised says:

    in fact all your posts are terrific! I just hadn’t seen the others when I posted the previous comment. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your research finds!

  3. daviddurian says:

    Thanks Lauren. There’ll be more as time goes on. One of the upsides to having to spend a year and half revising a proposal is that it gives you a lot of time to read while you are revising. So thought I’d try and do something useful with things I came across that might not necessarily end up cited or used in my dissertation.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: