The Historiography of Linguisitics, Post 3: The History of NWAV(E), 1972-2006

This document features discussion of the NWAV(E) conference, from its beginnings in 1972 until 2006, the 35th anniversary of the conference. Included in the document are interviews with important figures in sociolinguistics, such as Walt Wolfram, Gillian Sankoff, Dennis Preston, John Rickford, Ralph Fasold, Jack Chambers, Peter Trudgill, Roger Shuy, and William Labov. The piece originally appeared in the NWAV 35 Conference booklet, and has been circulated in a corrected and slightly updated form via Wikipedia since….

Durian, David. 2006. NWAV at 35: A Look at the History, Directions, and Development of NWAV(E), 1972- 2006: Conversations with Jack K. Chambers; Ralph Fasold, William Labov; Dennis Preston; John Rickford; Gillian Sankoff; Roger Shuy; Peter Trudgill; and Walt Wolfram. NWAV 35 Conference Booklet. Columbus, OH: Zipf Publishing. https://www.dropbox.com/s/1p78a1htuzob2gb/DD_NWAV_35_Retro.pdf?dl=0

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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

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