Labov, William

Born: Dec 04, 1927 AD
Currently alive, at 87 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Professors

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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