Charles Boberg

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Charles Boberg is a researcher and educator in the field of sociolinguistics, specializing in language variation and change, dialectology, and North American English.[1][2] He studied at the University of Pennsylvania under sociolinguist William Labov, and is one of the three major contributors to the Atlas of North American English, along with Labov and Sharon Ash.[3] His ongoing research primarily uses acoustic phonetics to analyze differences in the sound patterns of English spoken in North America, including those of Western American English, New England English, and Canadian English, often specifically as it's spoken in Montreal.[4][5][6] Boberg is an enthusiastic supporter of the uniqueness of Canadian English,[7] and has been consulted on matters of national security because of his expertise with identifying regional accent and vocabulary patterns.[8] He is currently Associate Professor of Linguistics at McGill University.

He has contributed to and been an editor for numerous journals, books, and conference proceedings in the field.

Selected bibliography

  • "The English Language in Canada: Status, History and Comparative Analysis", 2010, Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.
  • "The Emergence of a new phoneme: Foreign (a) in Canadian English", 2009, in Language Variation and Change 21/3: 355-380.
  • "Regional phonetic differentiation in Standard Canadian English", 2008, in Journal of English Linguistics 36/2: 129-154.
  • "Atlas of North American English: Phonetics, Phonology and Sound Change", 2006, Berlin: Mouton/de Gruyter. With William Labov and Sharon Ash.
  • "The North American Regional Vocabulary Survey: Renewing the study of lexical variation in North American English", 2005, in American Speech 80/1: 22-60.

See also

Notable dialectologists of Canadian English

  • William Labov (within his work on North American English)
  • J. K. Chambers (one of the first sociolinguists in Canada)
  • Sandra Clarke (one of the first sociolinguists in Canada)
  • Sali Tagliamonte (known for apparent-time comparative approaches)


  1. ^ Simcoe, Luke (24 July 2014). "Canadian English: Listen up, hosers!". Metro News. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Faculty - Charles Boberg". McGill University. Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  3. ^ Labov, William; Ash, Sharon; Boberg, Charles (2005). The Atlas of North American English: Phoenetics, Phonology, and Sound Change. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110206838. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Faculty pages - Boberg" (PDF). Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  5. ^ Boberg, Charles (2001). "The Phonological Status of Western New England". American Speech. 76: 3–29. doi:10.1215/00031283-76-1-3.
  6. ^ Boberg, Charles (2005). "The Canadian shift in Montreal". Language Variation and Change. 17. doi:10.1017/s0954394505050064.
  7. ^ Alemang, John (11 August 2014). "Who is speaking up for Canadian English?". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 13 January 2015.
  8. ^ Quan, Douglas (October 9, 2014). "Masked man in Islamic State video may have Canadian roots, experts say". Retrieved January 16, 2015.

External links

  • Interactive online version of the Atlas of North American English at de Gruyter Mouton
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