|When||January 24, 2019 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM |
|Where||Stuart Hall, Room 102 |
|Event Website||https://linguistics.uchicago.edu/colloquia |
|Contact Information||Linguistics Department |
|Description||University of Chicago Linguistics Colloquium |
Meredith Tamminga, University of Pennsylvania
What can we learn from sociolinguistic sequences?
Quantitative studies of sociolinguistic variation in conversational speech typically pool many instances of a variable without tracking the order in which those instances arose. In this talk, I discuss what we can learn by analyzing ordered sequences of variable tokens, using the familiar ING variable as a case study. First, I show that the tendency speakers show toward repetitiveness in their sociolinguistic choices can provide new information about the grammatical structure of variables. Second, I propose that looking at ordered sequences of observations can help us disentangle different sources of temporal clustering, such as priming and stylistic covariation. I argue that these advances require a theoretical orientation toward the question of how speakers make sociolinguistic decisions in real-time speech production.
|Categories||Conferences/Lectures, Discussions, Lectures |
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