Paul De Decker
Note: I am on sabbatical from January 1 to December 31, 2017.
- Associate Professor, Fogo Island Fellow
- Ph.D. New York University
- B.A., M.A. York University
My research centers on linguistic creativity - how speakers alter their voices to achieve a variety of socially-centered goals. While we find examples of such creativity in everyday linguistic encounters, I am primarily interested in cases influenced by dialect contact due to migration or social mobility, such as speakers who grew up in one dialect zone and moved to another.
I use experimental methods, and acoustic, articulatory and perceptual analyses to understand linguistic creativity as a tool for constructing social relationships, as well as its role in initiating and transmitting linguistic change.
I have examined the production and perception of light and dark variants of /l/ in Newfoundland English. This project "Allophony in Newfoundland English: production, perception, and variation" was funded by a SSHRC Insight Development Grant and carried out with Sara Mackenzie.
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- LING 2210: Language in Newfoundland and Labrador
- I am currently developing this course for ONLINE access starting January 2018. It will still count as a Quantitative Reasoning credit.
- LING 3210: Sociolinguistics
- LING 3104: Phonetics
- LING 2220: Linguistics and Law
- LING 4210/6210: Language Variation and Change
- LING 4700/6700: Experimental Phonetics
- LING 7000: Graduate Seminar in Research Methods