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Journal Title: University of Pennyslvania Working Papers in Linguistics
Volume/Issue:   18/2
Date: 2012
Table of Contents: Penn Working Papers in Linguistics 18.2
Selected Papers from NWAV 40

Now online, available at:
http://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol18/iss2/

Contents:

Preface
Hilary Prichard, issue editor

A Really Interesting Story: The Influence of Narrative in Linguistic Change
LeAnn Brown and Sali A. Tagliamonte

Of Categories and Continua: Relating Discrete and Gradient Properties of Sociophonetic Variation
Daniel Erker

“The People Who Say TSH TSH”: The Social Life of Cairene Arabic Palatalization
Katherine Rose Geenberg

Effects on the Particle Verb Alternation across English Dialects
Bill Haddican and Daniel Ezra Johnson

Finding Needles in the Right Haystack: Double Modals in Medical Consultations
J. Daniel Hasty, Ashley Hesson, Suzanne Evans Wagner, and Robert Lannon

What Happened to the Honorifics in a Local Japanese Dialect in 55 years: A Report from the Okazaki Survey on Honorifics
Kenjiro Matsuda

The Acquisition of Variable Coda (r) in the Speech Community of Rio de Janeiro
Vanessa de C. F. Menezes and Christina A. Gomes

The Effects of Syllable Position on Allophonic Variation in Québec French /R/
Peter M. Milne

A Transatlantic Cross-Dialectal Comparison of Non-Prevocalic /r/
Caroline Piercy

The Impact of Higher Education on Philadelphia Vowels
Hilary Prichard and Meredith Tamminga

Future Temporal Reference in Hexagonal French
Nicholas S. Roberts

The Long Tail of Language Change: Québécois French Futures in Real Time
Gillian Sankoff, Suzanne Evans Wagner, and Laura Jensen

Do You Smile with Your Nose? Stylistic Variation in Twitter Emoticons
Tyler Schnoebelen

Stylistic Activation in Ethnolinguistic Repertoires
Devyani Sharma

Sociophonetic Markers Facilitate Translation Priming: Maori English GOAT – A Different Kind of Animal
Anita Szakay, Molly Babel, and Jeanette King

Loss of Agreement between Hungarian Relative Pronouns and their Antecedents
Daniel Szeredi

The Lowering of Raised-THOUGHT and the Low-Back Distinction in New York City: Evidence from Chinese Americans
Amy Wing-mei Wong
Publisher: Penn Linguistics Club
Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Phonology
Pragmatics
Psycholinguistics
Sociolinguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Arabic, Egyptian
English
French
Hungarian
Japanese
Maori
Portuguese
Spanish
 
LL Issue: 23.3918