Linguistics Colloquium

WhenJanuary 24, 2019 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
WhereStuart Hall, Room 102
Event Websitehttps://linguistics.uchicago.edu/colloquia
Contact InformationLinguistics Department
DescriptionUniversity 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.
CategoriesConferences/Lectures, Discussions, Lectures
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