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Cluster on Language Research presents: Dr. Meredith Tamminga

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Cluster on Language Research presents: Dr. Meredith Tamminga
May 10, 2017 11:00 am
May 10, 2017 12:00 pm
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Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Hart Hall 3201

Please join the Cluster on Language Research meeting for an invited lecture from Dr. Meredith Tamminga (University of Pennsylvania) entitled: “How much do individuals vary”?

In recent years, research on sound change has given increased attention to individual differences. It has been suggested that individual-level differences in aspects of phonetic flexibility, such as phonetic imitation or perceptual learning, might facilitate or inhibit the spread of sound changes across speakers. In this talk I investigate the degree to which individual speakers differ from one another on dimensions relevant to theories of sound change. I argue that theories of sound change will not be able to escape the social context of particular changes and that some fundamental assumptions, including the existence of “leaders” of language change, may need to be revisited.

This event is sponsored by Cluster on Language Research, Davis Humanities Institute

For more information please contact: Aaron Yamada, aagyamada@ucdavis.edu

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