On dialect emergence and transformation…

Here is an interesting study of dialect emergence in Denmark by Lisa Ann Lane, conducted during the 1990s, ultimately published in LVC in 2000. The article does a beautiful job of summarizing several of the major aspects of her analysis, although for the curious, I highly recommend trying to track down her two volume 1998 University of Chicago dissertation Emergence and transformation of a dialect: Thyboronsk (Denmark).

Lane, Lisa Ann. 2000. Trajectories of linguistic variation: Emergence of a dialect. Language Variation and Change, 12.3:267-294. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=LVC


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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