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Labov, William

Born: 1927 AD
Currently alive, at 90 years of age.

US Sociolinguist.

1927 – Born 4th of December in Rutherford, New Jersey.

1948 – Studied at Harvard.

1949-1961 – Worked as an industrial chemist before turning to linguistics.

1963 – Finished MA thesis he completed a study of change in the dialect of Martha’s Vineyard.

1964 – Took up his PhD at Columbia University studying under Uriel Weinreich.

1966 – Wrote "The Social Stratification of English in New York City".

1971 – Professor of linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania.

1972 – Wrote Language in the Inner City: Studies in Black English Vernacular and Sociolinguistic Patterns.

1977 – Became Director of the university’s Linguistics Laboratory.

2001 – Principles of Linguistic Change (vol.I Internal Factors, 1994; vol.II Social Factors, 2001).

2006 – Together with Sharon Ash and Charles Boberg, The Atlas of North American English.