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Labov, William

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Born: 1927 AD
Currently alive, at 87 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Professors

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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.

 

 

 


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