Jennifer Smith

List of John Benjamins publications for which Jennifer Smith plays a role.


Smith, Jennifer 2021 Chapter 1. Child language acquisition and sociolinguistic variationSociolinguistic Variation and Language Acquisition across the Lifespan, Ghimenton, Anna, Aurélie Nardy and Jean-Pierre Chevrot (eds.), pp. 11–20 | Chapter
The majority of studies conducted on first language acquisition concentrates on the acquisition of standard varieties, where deterministic, or invariant, forms are the focus of research. At the same time, research in sociolinguistics has shown that language is full of variable forms which are… read more
Tagliamonte, Sali A. and Jennifer Smith 2006 Layering, competition and a twist of fate: Deontic modality in dialects of EnglishDiachronica 23:2, pp. 341–380 | Article
This paper examines an area of ongoing change in English — deontic modality — and uses an archive of synchronic dialect data from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland to discover new information about its development. History records a cline in this system from must to have to to have got to. By… read more
Adger, David and Jennifer Smith 2005 Variation and the minimalist programSyntax and Variation: Reconciling the Biological and the Social, Cornips, Leonie and Karen P. Corrigan (eds.), pp. 149–178 | Article
Tagliamonte, Sali A., Jennifer Smith and Helen Lawrence 2005 English dialects in the British Isles in cross-variety perspective: A base-line for future researchDialects Across Borders: Selected papers from the 11th International Conference on Methods in Dialectology (Methods XI), Joensuu, August 2002, Filppula, Markku, Juhani Klemola, Marjatta Palander and Esa Penttilä (eds.), pp. 87–117 | Article
Tagliamonte, Sali A. and Jennifer Smith 2002 “Either it isn’t or it’s not”: neg/aux contraction in British dialectsEnglish World-Wide 23:2, pp. 251–281 | Article
The source dialects in Britain are critical to disentangling the history and development of varieties in North America and elsewhere. One feature which appears to provide a critical diagnostic, particularly for situating dialects geographically in Britain, is negative (neg) vs. auxiliary (aux)… read more
In this article, I conduct a quantitative analysis of do absence in negative declaratives in the present tense in a dialect from the north-east of Scotland, Buckie. Analysis of nearly 800 contexts of use reveals that this variation is entirely conditioned by linguistic internal constraints. The… read more