Paul De Decker
- Associate Professor
- Ph.D. New York University
- B.A., M.A. York University
My sociolinguistic 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 marginalization.
I have used 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.
Read more about my research here.
I am also Past-President and board member of DOCTalks Inc., a not-for-profit that specializes in developing partnerships for producing, funding and distributing knowledge-based documentary media in Atlantic Canada. In this work, I am author of the bilingual DOCTalks Guide, which has enabled me to work with knowledge-mobilization initiatives for research in linguistics, and social science/humanities more generally. An example of this is the short-documentary "Getting the Words Out".
- LING 2210: Language in Newfoundland and Labrador
- LING 4210/6210: Sociolinguistics II: Language Variation and Change
- LING 4999: Undergraduate Honors Thesis
- LING 2220: Linguistics and Law
- LING 3210: Sociolinguistics I
- LING 4700/6700: Experimental Phonetics
- LING 7000: Graduate Seminar in Research Methods
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Telephone:(709) 864-8132
- Office: SN3043