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Structure in use: links with sociolinguistics.

While I was a lecturer in linguistics at the University of York in the 1990s, I began to collaborate with Jennifer Smith on applying syntactic ideas to patterns of variation she was finding in the Buckie dialect of Scottish English. This work grew over time, and Jen and I wrote a number of papers showing how a theoretical model I developed, the Combinatorial Variability model, could be applied to the kind of language variation that sociolinguists have been studying since Labov instigated the quantitative analysis of sociolinguistic variation almost half a century ago.

Selected publications in socio-syntax


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