NWAV46

Thanks for stopping by my poster. In a nutshell, I found a couple interesting things going on in a small town in Washington:

Linguistic changes—I focused on two variables: bag-raising and goat-diphthongization. Specifically, older people raised bag and younger people had a more diphthongal goat. The generational divide was around 1970 and the difference between older and younger people was sudden.

Census data—Based on topics of conversation in the interviews, I took a look at census data and found some correlation with these linguistic changes. The mills layed a bunch of people off, people were earning less money, a bunch of people left town, and more of those who stayed worked outside the community. Correlation does not equal causation, but it’s paints a pretty compelling picture.

Catastrophic events—One of the interesting findings was using regression with breakpoint as a way to model catastrophic change. I’m refining this methodology right now, but it does seem to work for modeling language change in time.


Thanks for visiting. While you’re here though, feel free to look around :)