“Little kids make such cute mistakes when they talk. We know they’re still learning the language, so we tolerate their errors and chuckle at how funny they sound. Behind that chuckle is the assumption that the kids are getting it wrong because they just don’t know the rules yet. In fact, kids’ mistakes show they […]
Upcoming eventsApril 17, 2015Talk: Dr. Gail Clements, Be: A socio-historical and linguistic study of a rural North Carolina social networkStarts: 3:00 pmEnds: April 17, 2015 - 4:00 pmLocation: Greene Hall 528Description: Be: A socio-historical and linguistic study of a rural North Carolina social network
This dissertation follows a tradition of American sociolinguistic study in the Southern United States that focuses on the be verb in Southern white speech. Specifically, this study describes and examines be variation in Advance (Davie County), North Carolina, a predominately white, rural town that has experienced recent and large-scale changes caused by an influx of non-Davie native population and a decrease in local industry. Following a description of the area, its settlers and, consequently, what speech varieties may have arrived with settlers, the present-day speech community and the nonstandard variants are illustrated. Significance between the distributions of specific linguistic variants to social characteristics is accomplished through a social analysis of norm enforcement within the network and supported by inferential statistics. Through comparing this variety to varieties researched in previous Southern studies, it is concluded that the specific settlers and population demographics of whites and blacks in the area greatly influenced, particularly, male speech in the community, while changes in household position and marital status affect female speech. The analysis indicates that zero be and plural was/is are the most stable variants in the network wide dialect, and a new variant has been adopted, uninflected be. For the most part, use of each of these variants as well as others shows in-group, local identity as the preferred choice at the present time.April 24, 2015Talk: Anaïs Holgado Lage, Assistant Teaching Professor of SpanishStarts: 3:00 pmEnds: April 24, 2015 - 4:00 pmLocation: Greene Hall 528
Periodically during the semester, WFU faculty and friends in languages and linguistics gather in Greene Hall 528 to discuss their research and current topics in the field.
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