Prof. Gerard Van Herk
Memorial University of Newfoundland
NEWFOUNDLAND LANGUAGE MYTHS
Myth can mean "a story that a society tells to explain the world" or "thing that's not true". This talk looks at two widespread language myths in Newfoundland: that the local variety of English is dying, and that it is unique. Recordings from urbanizing villages and usage surveys across generations show that the dialect is changing, but change isn't death; historical and comparative work shows that Newfoundland English is not an only child it has sisters in the Caribbean and the US south.
Gerard Van Herk is the Canada Research Chair in Regional Language and Oral Text at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and director of the Memorial University Sociolinguistics Laboratory (http://musl.ling.mun.ca/about.html).
PRESENTATION, INFORMAL DISCUSSION AND RECEPTION
Thursday November 15, 2012 7-9 p.m.
DEPARTMENT OF LINGUISTICS SIDNEY SMITH HALL
4th floor LINGUISTICS LOUNGE
OPEN TO ALL STUDENTS, ALUMNI, FACULTY AND FRIENDS