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 free 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;
• a workshop providing participants an opportunity for guided, hands-on work with selected digital research tools and methods for historical sociolinguistic research.

Go to http://www.uky.edu/~mrlaue2/narnihs2017 for full conference details.


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


Workshop on Archival Research for Historical Sociolinguistics (with "data excursion")

Join us for a guided introduction to working with archival materials (historical text, image, audio, video) and a discussion of practices and skills for acquiring historical sociolinguistic datasets from the archives all around us (will include a hands-on excursion to the UK Libraries' oral history center, archives, and special collections).  Wednesday, 12 July 2017, 12:30-5:00 pm.
We will meet in the lobby of Jacobs Science Building by the Institute Main Office (JSB 143) at 12:30 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).