Charlie Farrington

Charlie with his dissertation committee, May 2019.

Charlie is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Oregon, working in the Language Variation and Computation lab. He received his PhD from the University of Oregon in June 2019. His interests are sociolinguistics generally, and more specifically sociophonetics.

Charlie’s dissertation, “Language Variation and the Great Migration: Regionality and African American Language”, is a sociophonetic study of word final /d/ in AAL, focusing both on regional variation of the variable as well as change over time in urban AAL.

He has collaborated with Mary Kohn, using data from a landmark longitudinal study of AAL at the Frank Porter Graham Institute (FPG) in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Beyond his dissertation, he has collaborated with members of the LVC lab in creating the Corpus of Regional African American Language (CORAAL), which is the first public corpus of AAL. Using CORAAL, he is working with Tyler Kendall and Shelby Arnson to see how the vowel phonology of DC has changed over the course of the twentieth century. For more information including recent papers and presentations, visit his site.