Reports

Materials intended for a general audience:

Pacific Northwest Vowels: A Seattle Neighborhood Dialect Study, Jennifer Ingle

Lay paper published by the Acoustical Society of America, prior to the Spring 2005 (Vancouver) annual meeting

American Varietes: Pacific Northwest, Jeff Conn

Contrary to linguistic myth, people living west of the Mississippi use distinctive dialects, right down to residents of Portland, Oregon. Pacific Northwest native Jeff Conn finds himself “cot” in the vowel shifts and rising intonations of a coalescing dialect. From the "Do You Speak American?" web site.

A list of scholarly articles published about Pacific Northwest English:

Freeman, V. (2014). Bag, beg, bagel: Prevelar raising and merger in Pacific Northwest English. University of Washington Working Papers in Linguistics, 32.

Fridland, V., Kendall, T., Wassink, A. B. and Evans, B. (2017) Speech in the Western States, vol 2: The Mountain West. Publications of the American Dialect Society 102.

Fridland, V., Kendall, T., Wassink, A. B. and Evans, B. (2016) Speech in the Western States, vol 1: The Coastal states. Publications of the American Dialect Society 101.

Scanlon, M. & Wassink A. B. (2010). African American English in Urban Seattle: accommodation and intra-speaker variation in the Pacific Northwest. American Speech 85:2. 205-224. DOI

Wassink, A. B. (2015). Sociolinguistic Patterns in Seattle English. Language Variation and Change 27(1): 31-58. DOI

Conference presentations about Pacific Northwest English:

Freeman, V. (2015). The prevelar vowel system in Seattle. Poster presented at the American Dialect Society (ADS) Annual Meeting, Portland, OR, Jan. 8-11, 2015.

Freeman, V. (2014). Bag, beg, bagel: Prevelar raising and merger in Seattle Caucasians. Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV 43), Chicago, Oct. 23-26, 2014.

Freeman, V. (2014). Social differentiation of bag-raising in Seattle Caucasians. Paper presented at the Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics (CWSL), University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Mar. 1-2.

Riebold, J. M. (2014). The Ethnic Distribution of a Regional Change: /æg, ɛg, eg/ in Washington State. Paper presented at New Ways of Analyzing Variation (NWAV 43), Chicago, Oct. 23-26, 2014.

Riebold, J. M. (2014). Language Change Isn't Only Skin Deep: Inter-Ethnic Contact and the Spread of Innovation in the Northwest. Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics (CWSL 1), University of Victoria, March 1-2, 2014.

Riebold, J. M. (2012). Please Merge Ahead: The Vowel Space of Pacific Northwestern English. Northwest Linguistics Conference, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA, April 7, 2012.

Squizzero, R. (2018). Bull or bowl? A production study of prelateral back vowel mergers in Pacific Northwest English. Paper presented at the biennial meeting of the Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics (CWSL). April 13-14, 2018 (Reed College, Portland, OR).

Wassink, A. B. (2017). Physiological and Linguistic Influences on the Speech of Rachel Jeantel. Presentation at NBASLH, Atlanta, GA., April 6.

Wassink, A. B. (2016). The Social Networks of Minority Ethnicity Group Members in Washington State. Presentation at NWAV 45, Vancouver, BC., Nov 3 - 6.

Wassink, A. B. (2015). Network Connectedness of Japanese-Americans in Metropolitan Seattle. Presented to the Working Group in Urban Sociolinguistics, Dec. 11, 2015 (New York University).

Wassink, A. B. (2015) Dialect evolution in the Pacific Northwest: Reanalysis and conventionalization of a universal phonetic pattern. Plenary presentation given at the 89th Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Portland OR.

Wassink, A. B. (2015) Vowel Raising in Washington State: the cat's out of the B(ɛ̝g). Presentation given as part of the panel, "Western Speech". Annual meeting of the American Dialect Society, Portland OR.

Wassink, A. B. (2014). Vowel Raising in Washington State: What's the BAG deal? Presented at the first meeting of the Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics (CWSL). March 1-2, 2014 (U of Victoria).

Wassink, A. B. (2011). Vowel Reduction and Merger in the Pacific Northwest. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Seattle, WA.

Wassink, A.B., & Riebold, J. (2013). Individual Variation and Linguistic Innovation in the American Pacific Northwest. Workshop on the Actuation of Sound Change. University of Chicago Linguistic Society, Chicago IL, April 17-18.

Wassink, A.B., Squizzero, R., Schirra, R. & Conn J. (2009). Effects of Style and Gender on Fronting and Raising of /e/, /e:/ and /ae/ before /g/ in Seattle English. Presentation at NWAV 38, Ottawa, ON Oct. 22-25, 2009.


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