[Lingtyp] references for sociolinguistic approaches to variation in minority languages

Jorge Rosés Labrada jrosesla at ualberta.ca
Fri Jun 15 13:07:43 UTC 2018

Dear Michael,

In addition to Meyerhoff's and Standord's work, John Mansfield has done
some excellent work on Murrihnpatha.

   - 2015. Consonant lenition as a sociophonetic variable in Murrinh Patha
   (Australia).  *Language Variation and Change*  27: 203-225
   - Morphotactic variation, prosodic domains and the changing structure of
   the Murrinhpatha verb.  *Asia-Pacific Language Variation *1(2): 163-189

And both Stanford and John are also contributors the recent Special
Publication volume on variation in minority languages from the journal
Documentation & Conservation *(available here:

      - Kristine A. Hildebrandt, Carmen Jany & Wilson Silva (eds.). 2017.
      Documenting variation in endangered languages. *Special Publication
      13 Language Documentation & Conservation.*

Someone else who's been working in this area is Naomi Nagy of University of
Toronto; her personal website has an up-to-date list of publications:

Jorge Emilio Rosés Labrada
Assistant Professor, Indigenous Language Sustainability
Department of Linguistics
University of Alberta
Tel: (+1) 780-492-5698
jrosesla at ualberta.ca

*The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6
territory, **and respects the history, languages, and cultures of the First
Nations, Métis, Inuit, **and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence
continues to enrich our institution.*

On Fri, Jun 15, 2018 at 7:12 AM, Dineke Schokkin <dineke.schokkin at anu.edu.au
> wrote:

> Dear Michael,
> The work by Jim Stanford on Sui, and Miriam Meyerhoff on Nkep are the
> first two things that come to mind:
> Meyerhoff, Miriam. 2015. Turning variation on its head: Analysing subject
> prefixes in Nkep(Vanuatu) for language documentation. Asia-Pacific
> Language Variation 1(1): 78-108.
> Meyerhoff, Miriam. 2016. Borrowing from Bislama into Nkep (East Santo,
> Vanuatu): Quantitative and qualitative perspectives. Language and
> linguistics in Melanesia, available from http://www.
> langlxmelanesia.com/issues.htm.
> Meyerhoff, Miriam. 2017. Writing a linguistic symphony: Analyzing variation
> while doing language documentation. Canadian Journal of Linguistics/Revue
> Canadienne De Linguistique: 1-25. doi:10.1017/cnj.2017.
> Stanford, James N. 2008. A sociotonetic analysis of Sui dialect contact.
> Language Variation and Change 20(3): 409-50.
> Stanford, James N. & Dennis Preston. Variation in Indigenous Minority
> Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
> Within the Wellsprings of Linguistic Diversity (ARC Laureate project)
> we're currently doing this type of research in minority languages of
> Australia, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. No written publications as yet,
> but hopefully before long.
> Best,
> Dineke
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> *From:* Lingtyp <lingtyp-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org> on behalf of
> Michael Daniel <misha.daniel at gmail.com>
> *Sent:* Friday, 15 June 2018 6:20:58 PM
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> *Subject:* [Lingtyp] references for sociolinguistic approaches to
> variation in minority languages
> Dear colleagues,
> could anyone share references to the studies on:
> a. Approaches to inter-speaker variability in the use of grammatical
> categories in minority languages - especially those applying statistical
> analysis
> b. Apparent time studies of variation observed in minority languages -
> especially those on phonetic (phonological) variation
> The smaller the language, the more appreciated is the reference.
> Michael Daniel
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