Category Archives: Conference


Last weekend, several members of the LVC lab presented papers at both the LSA and ADS annual meetings, which were held at the Grand American Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. More information available at the LSA Annual Meeting website.

  • Valerie Fridland (University of Nevada, Reno), Tyler Kendall (University of Oregon): What is the California Vowel Shift? And, how would we know?
  • Charlotte Vaughn (University of Oregon), Tyler Kendall (University of Oregon), Kaylynn Gunter (University of Oregon): Exploring the social meaning of adjective intensification
  • Misaki Kato (University of Oregon, SPPL Lab), Melissa Baese-Berk (University of Oregon, SPPL Lab), Charlotte Vaughn (University of Oregon), Tyler Kendall (University of Oregon): The effects of pause location and duration on perceived fluency of native and non-native speech

And on January 6th, at the New Data and New Research on African American Language symposium, the LVC Lab unveiled the Online Resources for African American Language (ORAAL) and officially released the first version of the Corpus of Regional African American Language (CORAAL). Several lab members presented papers at the symposium, including:

  • Tyler Kendall (University of Oregon): Introducing CORAAL: the design and implementation of the Corpus of Regional African American Language
  • Taylor Jones (University of Pennsylvania), Jason McLarty (University of Oregon), Chris Hall (CulturePoint, LLC): Corpus-based sociophonetic approaches to gradient post-vocalic r-lessness in African American Language
  • Charlie Farrington (University of Oregon), Shelby Arnson (University of Oregon), Tyler Kendall (University of Oregon): Back vowel changes in Washington DC African American Language over the twentieth century

Members of the LVC Lab in Salt Lake City


This past weekend, Jason McLarty, Tyler Kendall, Charlotte Vaughn, and Charlie Farrington presented papers at NWAV 46, which was held at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, WI.

Tyler Kendall and Valerie Fridland: (Part of the “Sociolinguistics of bad data” workshop)

Tyler Kendall: Using large corpora in sociolinguistics (part of the “Sociolinguistics and forensic speech science: knowledge- and data-sharing” workshop)

Jason McLarty, Charlotte Vaughn, and Tyler Kendall: Acoustic correlates of perceived prominence in African American English and European American English

Charlie Farrington: Incomplete neutralization in African American English: The role of vowel duration

Jason McLarty talking about some prosody


UO LVC @ Methods XVI in Tokyo!

This week, Tyler Kendall is representing the UO LVC lab at Sixteenth International Conference on Methods in Dialectology (Methods XVI), which is being held at NINJAL (National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics), in Tokyo, Japan.

Tyler Kendall & Charlotte Vaughn: Sociolinguistic variables and internal constraints from a listener perspective

Tyler Kendall, Charlie Farrington, & Jason McLartyPublic Corpora and Research on African American Language

Lab Members Shelby Arnson and Charlie Farrington receive Best Student Paper Award at NWAV 45!

Shelby Arnson and Charlie Farrington received the Best Student Paper Award for their paper presentation at NWAV 45, held in Vancouver, British Columbia on November 3-6, 2016. The title of their paper was “Twentieth century sound change in Washington DC African American English”. This paper utilized data from the soon-to-be released public Corpus of Regional African American Language. Their abstract can be found at the NWAV 45 website. The conference was hosted jointly by the University of Victoria, Simon Fraser University and the University of British Columbia. Members of the Language Variation and Computation Lab at the University of Oregon are extremely proud of both Shelby and Charlie for this accomplishment.



Members of the LVC lab at NWAV 45

This past weekend several members of the LVC lab presented at NWAV 45, which was held at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Charlotte Vaughn and Tyler Kendall: What do listeners know about the sociolinguistic variable (ING)?

Shelby Arnson and Charlie Farrington: Twentieth century sound change in Washington DC African American English

Jason McLarty: The perception of prosodic prominence in African American English by naïve listeners

Tyler Kendall and John Rickford (Stanford University) (organizers): Future Directions for Research and Engagement on African American Language: A special panel session

Valerie Fridland (University of Nevada Reno) and Tyler Kendall: Regional Identity and Listener Perception in Special Session, Language Regard: Methods, Variation, and Change: Celebrating the Work of Dennis Preston



LVC Lab in Seattle

March 2016

The LVC Lab is heading to Seattle for the 2nd Cascadia Workshop in Sociolinguistics (CWSL) hosted by the University of Washington (CWSL website here) next month.  We’re excited to showcase some of the projects we’ve been doing and to see what other sociolinguists in the Pacific Northwest are up to.