Resources: How much shifting actually occurred during the Great Vowel Shift? « Numerous Ways of Analyzing Change (NWAC)

Those who are interested in the scholarship of language variation research would do well to check out Numerous Ways of Analyzing Change (NWAC), a blog by PhD Candidate David Durian.  This blog documents the expansive range of scholarship that David uses in his own research on vowel change (and a few other variation topics, as well).  

Some of the articles themselves may be more advanced than people who haven’t had a lot of training in linguistics are prepared to read, but the summaries may still be of interest.  

This one covers the Middle English Great Vowel Shift, reminding those who are terrified of current changes in our language that English has survived many shifts in the past.

How much shifting actually occurred during the Great Vowel Shift? « Numerous Ways of Analyzing Change (NWAC).


About LingEducator

Dr. Jaclyn Ocumpaugh received a PhD for her dissertation on regional variation in the acoustics of Mexican American English (Michigan State University, East Lansing). Before that, she received an MA in English/Linguistics from North Carolina State University for her work on the acoustics of /r/--a sound which is highly variable in the English language. Her passion, however, has always been to understand the social implications of language variation. In addition to her work in acoustic sociophonetics, she has worked with rape trial analysis, developed cognitive methods for understanding discourse level variation between men and women, and created sophisticated tools for teaching future educators about the kinds of dialect variation they will find in the classroom. She has taught classes in English, Linguistics, and Education at Old Dominion University, William & Mary, the University of Mary Washington, and Virginia Wesleyan College. She is currently a Post Doctoral Fellow of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, where she is helping to develop models of student engagement in the classroom. She also consults in the private sector.
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