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. 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.

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