About NWAC

Hello and welcome to a new enterprise that I hope may be of interest to some readers out there. A blog known as Numerous Ways of Analyzing Change (NWAC).

Aims and Goals of the Blog

The aim of this Web site is to bring those of you who work within what we might call the North American variationist approach to the analysis of language change and language variation a selection of readings that are, at times complementary, and other times, contrastive, with the typical views adopted by the field. The main author of the “traditional” views I am referencing here to which I am presenting complementary as well as contrastive views to are those of William Labov.

I myself wrote a dissertation cast to a large extent within Labov’s approach to the analysis of language variation and, in particular, sound change. Hence my interest in the topic. Specifically, my dissertation deals with patterns of sound change and vowel variation occurring in the Midland dialect during the time period of the second half of the 19th Century, as well as the totality of the 20th Century, as found in Columbus, OH.

In the process of writing this dissertation, I ran across a number of articles, books, and book chapters that I wanted to mention, and in some cases, actually link to, that present interesting alternate views to those that many of us who tend to work on issues of language variation and change from a Labovian perspective may be less familiar with, although they are very much of interest.

As I’ve continued on in my research career beyond my dissertation, I continue to come upon readings of interest from time to time. Thus, as I do, I continue to post about them here. Given that I find “new things” less often, the updates are less often then they used to be.

Less Widely Available Archive (LWAA)

In addition to the papers and materials I have posted that deal generally with language change, I have also created a special section of the site dedicated to the posting of  selected works that have been deemed “classics” (and tend to be widely cited as such), but that are also both currently out of print and, often times, also less widely available at universities with smaller library collections. Or likely not available at all to researchers who are still active as linguists and researchers, but may not currently work in an academic setting. This section of the blog is called the “Less Widely Available Archive” (LWAA) and can be accessed via the “LWAA Materials” link in the navigation bar.

About the Author

Dr. David Durian is a Lecturer in Linguistics at Rice University. He earned his Ph D at the Ohio State University in 2012.

For more information on his research, see http://daviddurian.wordpress.com/

For information on his work on Columbus English vowel variation, see http://columbusdialect.wordpress.com

For information on his work on Chicago English vowel variation, see http://chicagodialect.wordpress.com

You can also email him at david.durian@rice.edu.

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