Welcome to Alternate Ways of Analyzing Change (AWAC)!

Hello and welcome to a new enterprise that I hope may be of interest to some readers out there. The aim of this Web site is to bring those of you who work within what we might call the North American variationist approach to the analysis of language change and language variation a selection of readings that are, at times complementary, and other times, contrastive, with the typical views adopted by the field. The main author of the “traditional” views I am referencing here to which I am presenting complementary as well as contrastive views to are those of William Labov.

I am myself writing a dissertation cast to a large extent within Labov’s approach to the analysis of language variation and, in particular, sound change. Hence my interest in the topic. Specifically, my dissertation deals with patterns of sound change and vowel variation occurring in the Midland dialect during the time period of the second half of the 19th Century, as well as the totality of the 20th Century, as found in Columbus, OH.

In the process of writing this dissertation, I have run across a number of articles, books, and book chapters that I wanted to mention, and in some cases, actually link to, that present interesting alternate views to those that many of us who tend to work on issues of language variation and change from a Labovian perspective may be less familiar with, although they are very much of interest.

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About daviddurian
I am a sociolinguist with a Ph D in Linguistics from The Ohio State University and an MA in Rhetoric and Professional Writing from Northern Illinois University. Currently, I work as the Lecturer at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where I teach undergraduate courses in sociolinguistics, general linguistics, and first-year composition. I also work on research projects investigating variation and change in the vowel system of modern US English as it is spoken by Americans living in a variety of cities. At the moment, this includes Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, and Eastern Pennsylvania.

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