Labov, William

'Deplorable' Québécois accent has royal roots, linguist asserts

The French typically have an unfavorable opinion of the accents spoken by the denizens of Québec, Canada. But like Martha's Vineyard, many of the linguistic forms used by this community may predate those in France. [Published on 10-09-2008]

Posted by Jacob Goldsmith on April 18, 2019

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Ideology;
French

Problems with Labov's Department Store Study

This comic plays with a potential problem in Labov's department store RA study.

Where Yinz At

An in-depth look at dialect diversity in Pennsylvania, with a particular focus on the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia dialects and an overview of their features, with comments from Barbara Johnstone and William Labov. [Published on 04-29-2014]

Philly's Accent is Changing

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A video interviewing William Labov and colleagues about their project on change in Philadelphia English

Posted by Kara Becker on April 4, 2013

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Philadelphia English;
Change

The Philly accent is fading

One of a few 2013 articles covering the newly published research by Labov and colleagues on the transition of the Philadelphia dialect from southern- to northern-influenced.

Posted by Kara Becker on March 27, 2013

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Labov, William;
Philadelphia English;
Change

The battle of African American English in The Boondocks

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The American animated series, The Boondocks, which focuses on an African American family, the Freemans, who move from Chicago to live in a white suburban area. The main characters for this series, are Huey and Riley both played by Regina King, an African American actress. Riley and Huey have been painted as the yin and yang of Black urban maleness, now look how both use AAE differently.

Yo Momma Jokes

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A You Tuber in 2007 demonstrating his best "Yo Momma" jokes. I use this with the reading: Labov, William. 1972. Rules for Ritual Insults. In Language in the Inner City.

Flavor Flav and Doctor Dre Play the Dozens

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A video from 1988 of Flavor Flav and Doctor Dre trading ritual insults. I use this with the reading: Labov, William. 1972. Rules for Ritual Insults. In Language and the Inner City.

A Life of Learning: Six People I have Learned From

Text and audio from a 2009 ACLS lecture by William Labov profiling six speakers: Donald Poole from Martha's Vineyard; Jacob Schissel from New York City; Larry Hawthorne from Harlem; Celeste Sullivan from Philadelphia; and Jackie Garopedean from Chicago

NPR: Palin's Accent Examined

A 2008 NPR interview with William Labov about Sarah Palin's Alaskan accent.

NPR: American Accent Undergoing Great Vowel Shift

An NPR interview from 2006 with William Labov about the Northern Cities Shift.

Posted on September 15, 2012

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Northern Cities;
Chain shift;
Labov, William

(r) in New York City English

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The classic graph from Labov (1966) showing stratification by socioeconomic class and speaker style for coda r vocalization in New York City English