2017 Professor Miriam Meyerhoff
Working to bridge the group and the individual
The seeds of diachronic language change lie in the synchronic variation we hear around us. Explaining how synchronic patterns of language variation are transformed into differences between dialects and languages is less straightforward than you would think: partly because of a lack of data; partly because the nature of the data at the macro-and micro-levels is so different. Professor Meyerhoff will talk a little bit about current work she is doing as part of an international team to explicate with more precision how the micro-sociolinguistic patterns of variation become macro-level differences.