Another perspective on chain shifting

This article, by Stockwell and Minkova, presents quite a bit different perspective on chain shifts, particularly the Great Vowel Shift and the Northern Cities Shift, than the one (or ones, in the case of the GVS) most variationists are typically most familiar with. As Matt Gordon also mentioned last week, it contains within it another (albeit brief) critique of Labov’s use of the Trager & Smith notation, as well.

Stockwell, Robert, and Donka Minkova. 1997. On drifts and shifts. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, 31:283-303.


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.

2 Responses to Another perspective on chain shifting

  1. Daniel Ezra Johnson says:


  2. daviddurian says:

    Link has been fixed

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