Historical Sociolinguistics at the Institute

The Historical Sociolinguistics Toolkit


Course Cluster

If you are interested in assembling a toolkit of theories, methods, models, and tools for historical sociolinguistic research, consider grouping your course enrollments among the following Institute courses:

Dialectology (Joe Salmons): Monday/Thursday 9:00-10:50 AM
Introduction to Historical Linguistics (Brian Joseph): Monday/Thursday 3:30-5:20 PM
Perceptual Dialectology (Dennis Preston): Tuesday/Friday 9:00-10:50 AM
Corpus Linguistics (Amir Zeldes/Nathan Schneider): Tuesday/Friday 11:00 AM-12:50 PM
Introduction to Sociolinguistics (Penelope Eckert): Tuesday/Friday 1:30-3:20 PM
Historical Sociolinguistics (Mark Richard Lauersdorf): Tuesday/Friday 3:30-5:20 PM


Conference + Workshops

Friday-Sunday, 21-22-23 July 2017, will see the inaugural conference of the North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics (NARNiHS).  This event will highlight the field of historical sociolinguistics through a combination of:

• traditional 30-minute conference presentations reporting on current research in the field;
• digital poster presentations and software demonstrations of new research tools and methods;
• workshops providing participants an opportunity for guided, hands-on work with selected digital research tools and methods for historical sociolinguistic research.

Go to http://linguistlist.org/issues/28/28-1260.html for more information about the conference and about submitting an abstract.


Dialectology/Sociolinguistics Week

The week preceding the NARNiHS conference, 17-21 July 2017, presents a broad array of activities and events around dialectology and sociolinguistics that will provide a range of experiences for the historical sociolinguist in you:

Monday: North Carolina Language and Life Project Film Series - Talking Black in America: The Story of African American Language (with guest Walt Wolfram)
Tuesday: Penelope Eckert presents her address as the 2017 Institute Sapir Professor
Wednesday: Workshop on "Changing perceptions of Southernness" organized by Dennis Preston and Jennifer Cramer
Wednesday: Special Event - An Evening of Appalachian Words and Song 
Thursday: Kirk Hazen presents the inaugural American Dialect Society (ADS) Professorship Lecture
Friday: Stephan Elspaß presents the keynote address kicking off the first-ever NARNiHS conference
Sunday: Institute Poster Sessions for Dialectology, Corpus, Historical, Sociolinguistics


"Data Excursion"

Join us for a guided introduction to Kentucky-/Appalachian-related resources and materials in the UK Libraries' oral history center, archives, and special collections, as an opportunity to stimulate general discussion of and interest in the historical sociolinguistic datasets that are all around us.  Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 1:00-5:00 pm.


Networking with NARNiHS

What better way to round out a full day of classes than to relax with historical sociolinguists at the "Historical Sociolinguistics Happy Hour", every Monday of the Institute at 5:30-6:30 pm.  Come share your interests and network with fellow linguists interested in historical sociolinguistics (including members of the North American Research Network in Historical Sociolinguistics).