Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Brown bag talk on Monday, March 16 at 1:00 pm

Tyler Kendall (Duke University) will be giving a brown bag talk on Monday, March 16 at 1:00 pm in the Sociolinguistics Lab (FM-2006). His paper is entitled "Performance, consciousness, and salient sociolinguistic variables in Petty Harbour English." Everyone is welcome.

In this talk, Tyler examines interview data from MUN research in Petty Harbour to ask whether evidence can be found within the speech stream that bears on questions of performance and consciousness. One of the findings of MUSL research in Petty Harbour has been that the younger speakers in the community make use of salient local variables for identity-work. Through a quantitative examination of speech timing features (such as pause and speech rate), Tyler considers this finding and shows that there does appear to be evidence in the timing data that inform our understanding of the linguistic performance of salient variables.

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