Pilching from Webster: A first attempt at sociophonetic reconstruction…

In 1955, Herbert Pilch made the first attempt at what one might call a sociophonetic reconstruction of the American English vowel system circa 1800, using the work of Noah Webster for data on to which to base this reconstruction. Pilch’s work makes for an interesting read, in my opinion, and so I have chosen to include a link to it.

Pilch, Herbert. 1955. The rise of the American English vowel pattern. Word, 11:57-93. http://ling.osu.edu/~ddurian/AWAC/pilch_1955.pdf


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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