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Saturday, October 12 • 3:40pm - 5:30pm
(K3) Schlegl: That's what we do in the North: Place identity and variation in Northern Ontario

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That's what we do in the North: Place identity and variation in Northern Ontario

The importance of place identity (one’s sense of connectedness to location/community) in linguistic variation has been demonstrated since Labov’s (1963) work in Martha’s Vineyard. This factor is at play in Northern Ontario, a region geographically and culturally distinct from largely urban Southern Ontario. Statements drawn from sociolinguistic interviews indicate that the divide between north and south is a salient component of identity for Northern speakers, but what meanings place identity consists of in this region and how this identity factor is reflected in the speech of residents has not yet been examined quantitatively in any specific Northern community. This project uses sociolinguistic interviews from one Northern Ontario community, stratified by social demographic factors and coded for two aspects of place identity, to examine how these impact the realisation of three morphosyntactic variables. Results contribute to an understanding of the meaning of regional place identity and how it impacts linguistic choice.

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Lisa Schlegl

University of Toronto


Saturday October 12, 2019 3:40pm - 5:30pm
EMU Ballroom


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