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. 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.

2 Responses to Another perspective on chain shifting

  1. Daniel Ezra Johnson says:


  2. daviddurian says:

    Link has been fixed

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