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Name: Miriam  Meyerhoff
Institution: University of Auckland
Email: click here to access email
State and/or Country: New Zealand   
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Specialty: Sociolinguistics
Selected Publications: Introducing sociolinguistics (2006) Routledge
Constraints on null subjects in Bislama (2000) Pacific Linguistics
Social Lives in Language (ed. with Naomi Nagy) (2008) Benjamins
Handbook of Language & Gender (ed. with Janet Holmes) (2003) Blackwell
Announced on LINGUIST :  Constraints on Null Subjects in Bislama (Vanuatu): Social and linguistic factors
 The Handbook of Language and Gender
 Introducing Sociolinguistics
 Social Lives in Language - Sociolinguistics and multilingual speech communities
 The Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader
 Introducing Sociolinguistics
Reviewed on LINGUIST :  Introducing Sociolinguistics
 Introducing Sociolinguistics
 Social Lives in Language - Sociolinguistics and multilingual speech communities
 The Routledge Sociolinguistics Reader
Courses Taught: Introduction to sociolinguistics (UG and graduate)
Language variation and change
Global English
Dissertation Director * of: Globalization, English and the German University Classroom: A sociolinguistic profile of students of English at the Freie Universität Berlin
(Elizabeth Erling, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: In Quest of a Vernacular Writing Style for the Rangi of Tanzania: Assumptions, processes, challenges
(Oliver Stegen, Author)
Dissertation Director * of: Variation, Change and the Usage-Based Approach
(Lynn Clark, Author)
Reviewer of: Historical Linguistics/Sociolinguistics: DeGraff (1999) (LL Issue 10.1347)
Sociolinguistics: Mühlhäusler, Dutton & Romaine, eds. (2003) (LL Issue 15.1342)
Academic Paper Abstract: Linguistic Change, Sociohistorical Context, and Theory-building in Variationist Linguistics: new-dialect formation in New Zealand
Publications Received
Bequia sweet/ Bequia is sweet: syntactic variation in a lesser-known variety of Caribbean English
An existential problem: The sociolinguistic monitor and variation in existential constructions on Bequia (St. Vincent and the Grenadines)

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