The Historiography of Linguistics, Post 2: The History of Sociolinguistics, Another Perspective

This chapter, taken from John E. Joseph’s (2002) book From Whitney to Chomsky, presents a different view on the historical development of the field of sociolinguistics in America than sources such as Roger Shuy (see Post 1 in this area). In doing so, Joseph attempts to demonstrate how class-focused analyses of language variation predate the work of Labov and even McDavid among US scholars. In particular, he argues the work of George Putnam, Edna O’Hern, and Paul Furfey is overlooked, and these works need to be reevaluated in discussions of the history of sociolinguistic thought and study in the US.

Joseph, John E. 2002. The origins of American Sociolinguistics. From Whitney to Chomsky. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company. pp. 107-132.https://www.dropbox.com/s/0w0mwdpa6k08i2u/Joseph_2002_Chapter5.pdf?dl=0

Advertisements

About daviddurian
I am a sociolinguist with a BA in English & Linguistics (from Northern Illinois University), and MA in Rhetoric and Professional Writing (also from Northern Illinois University), and an MA and PH D in Linguistics (from The Ohio State University). I have also been a teacher of undergraduate sociolinguistics classes at OSU, and graduate linguistics courses at NIU and the University of Illinois--Chicago. Currently, I am an Adjunct Professor of English, teaching undergraduate courses in composition, at College of DuPage. In my current work, I investigate vowel variation and language change trends in a variety of dialects of US English. At present, I am working on projects investigating vowel variation in 19th, 20th, and 21st Century English in Columbus, OH; Chicago, IL; and New England. To learn more about my dissertation, which focused on vowel variation in 19th and 20th Century Columbus and was completed in 2012, visit my Columbus Dialect blog at http://columbusdialect.wordpress.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: