J Milroy reviews Labov (1994)

Adding to the earlier posts I put up presenting some alternate views on chain shifting (Gordon, as well as Stockwell & Minkova), here is a relatively short review of Labov’s Principles of Linguistic Change, Volume 1 (1994) by James Milroy. It was originally published in 1995 in the Journal of Linguistics. Among several of Milroy’s  critiques is his discussion of Labov’s chain shifting principle that “lax (short) vowels fall,” in which he presents an  interesting alternate perspective on the movement behavior exhibited by front vowels, based on a combined consideration of evidence from Australian, RP, and Northern Cities US English.

Milroy, James. 1995. Review of William Labov, Principles of linguistic change. Volume 1: Internal factors (Language in Society 20). Oxford: Blackwell, 1994. pp. xix+641. Journal of Linguistics, 31.2:435-439. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4176327


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 J Milroy reviews Labov (1994)

  1. Daniel Ezra Johnson says:

    please put it up, if we wanted to deal with jstor then well

    • daviddurian says:

      Dan– There has been some concern about my posting articles up here from journals that are still in publication and charge subscription rates. Rather than risk getting in trouble with publishers, I decided to convert to JSTOR links. You’ll actually find that all of the old posts have been converted when this is the case as well. Publications like Word or Proceedings of the CLS are excluded from that list because none of the articles from them have been made available electronically elsewhere, so you’ll still find those articles directly linked.*

      Meanwhile, I’m still posting direct pdfs of book chapters in most cases since those are just excerpts, and typically only a very small portion of books that are out of print. For a still in print book like the Handbook of Historical Linguistics, however, I’m now linking to the Google Books version. In both approaches, I’m not depriving any publishers of profit, so the linking structure is kosher.

      For the really old books–the stuff in the LWA Archive and also the Schuchardt collection–all of that stuff is out of print, and so again, I am providing a real pdf because doing so does not deprive any publisher of profit.

      All this is a long way of saying–sorry about not giving you the full articles from journals anymore and having you have to deal with JSTOR.

      (* The Ohala and Joseph articles linked her are also excluded since both have made most of their published works freely available on their respective web sites.)

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