Chapter published in:Exploring Future Paths for Historical Sociolinguistics
Edited by Tanja Säily, Arja Nurmi, Minna Palander-Collin and Anita Auer
[Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics 7] 2017
► pp. 239–274
A lost Canadian dialect
The Ottawa Valley 1975–2013
Ottawa Valley English (OVE), a rural regional dialect enclave in Ontario, Canada, is under threat from social change, including urban sprawl and the encroachment of standard Canadian English. Using a trend study with two samples collected 30–35 years apart, we conduct a variationist sociolinguistic analysis of two vernacular features found in many varieties of English, including OVE: verbal -s with third-person plural NP subjects (My eyes is failing), and preterite come (They come here in nineteen-and-seven). The findings have implications for models of dialect “dissipation” and “concentration” (Schilling-Estes & Wolfram 1999). For both variables, internal constraints are concentrating. Verbal -s, however, is dissipating, while preterite come is retained and shows evidence of age-grading.
Keywords: Canadian English, Ottawa Valley English, language change, dissipation, concentration, trend study, age-grading, verbal -s , preterite come
Published online: 19 December 2017
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