LINGUIST List 13.2296

Thu Sep 12 2002

Qs: AI Experiment, Age/Sociolinguistic Category

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  1. Brian R. Duffy, participants needed in AI experiment
  2. Mary Shapiro, Age as Sociolinguistic Category

Message 1: participants needed in AI experiment

Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 15:58:38 +0100
From: Brian R. Duffy <>
Subject: participants needed in AI experiment


We would very much like if you could take the time to participate in
an experiment:

* what plugins you may need:
	A viewer of .MOV clips (i.e. quicktime - link on site)

* how long the experiment will take:

	About 10-15 minutes - there are 7 clips each of about 30
		seconds duration.

Your help is greatly appreciated!!!

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Message 2: Age as Sociolinguistic Category

Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 17:30:55 -0500
From: Mary Shapiro <>
Subject: Age as Sociolinguistic Category

I'm looking for studies (or even speculative/theoretical musings) that
treat age as a sociolinguistic category (rather than as evidence for
historical change). Wolfram & Fasold at least raise this as a possible
avenue for study in my (now ancient & outdated) version of "The Study
of Social Dialects in American English," but I would be interested in
finding work that follows up on this. Labovian studies do tend to
group subjects by age, but the point there seems to be to show
historical change, not to investigate what W&F referred to as
"differences that relate to age-grading; there are characteristic
linguistic behaviors appropriate for different stages in the life
history of an individual." I would be particularly happy to discover
studies that focus on older (senior) speakers.

I will be happy to post a summary to the list if I get any replies.

Thank you.
Mary Shapiro
Assoc. Professor of Linguistics
Truman State University
Kirksville, MO 63501
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